adjective, strong·er [strawng-ger, strong-] /ˈstrɔŋ gər, ˈstrɒŋ-/, strong·est [strawng-gist, strong-] /ˈstrɔŋ gɪst, ˈstrɒŋ-/.
- (of Germanic verbs) having vowel change in the root in inflected forms, as the English verbs sing, sang, sung; ride, rode, ridden.
- (of Germanic nouns and adjectives) inflected with endings that are generally distinctive of case, number, and gender, as German alter Mann “old man.”
- belonging to the morphophonemically less regular of two inflectional subtypes.
Origin of strong
Synonyms for strong
Antonyms for strong
Related Words for strongfirm, heavy, vigorous, secure, tough, capable, solid, big, forceful, able, steady, tenacious, athletic, substantial, stable, active, robust, durable, energetic, steadfast
Examples from the Web for strong
Contemporary Examples of strong
Despite the strong language, however, the neither the JPO nor Lockheed could dispute a single fact in either Daily Beast report.Pentagon Misfires in Stealth Jet Scandal
January 8, 2015
In a romantic relationship, facing humiliation or awkwardness is a strong possibility.Random Hook-Ups or Dry Spells: Why Millennials Flunk College Dating
January 1, 2015
The strong ties he would cultivate with America were first instilled by his American mother.The Real-Life ‘Downton’ Millionairesses Who Changed Britain
December 31, 2014
The area is 98 percent white, and the Klan has a strong foothold even to this very day.What Would Happen if I Got in White Cop’s Face?
December 30, 2014
Strong currents and winds, however, mean any debris could be drifting up to 31 miles a day eastward, away from the impact zone.Wreckage, Bodies of AirAsia Crash Found
December 30, 2014
Historical Examples of strong
He seemed to make a strong effort to check some sudden impulse.
The spirit of the strong man was moved, and he trembled like a leaf shaken by the wind.
Of this, there is an impression on my mind too strong to admit of doubt.
He took his uncle up in his strong arms, and moved toward the stairs.Brave and Bold
And never had she been so girlishly appealing to all that was strong in him as a man.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
adjective stronger (ˈstrɒŋɡə) or strongest (ˈstrɒŋɡɪst)
- (postpositive)containing or having a specified numbera navy 40 000 strong
- (in combination)a 40 000-strong navy
- denoting or belonging to a class of verbs, in certain languages including the Germanic languages, whose conjugation shows vowel gradation, as sing, sang, sung
- belonging to any part-of-speech class, in any of various languages, whose inflections follow the less regular of two possible patternsCompare weak (def. 10)
Word Origin for strong
Old English strang "physically powerful, powerful in effect, forceful, severe," from Proto-Germanic *strangaz (cf. Old Norse strangr "strong," Dutch streng "strict, rigorous," Old High German strang "strong, bold, hard," German streng "strict, rigorous"). Originally compared strenger, strengest (cf. old/elder/eldest). Grammatical sense, of noun and verb inflections, is first attested 1841, translating German stark, used in a grammatical sense by J. Grimm (the terms strong and weak better fit German inflections). Strong suit (1865) is from card-playing. Strong man "man of great strength" (especially one who displays it professionally) is recorded from 1690s; meaning "dominating man in a political organization" is from 1859.
Old English strange (alongside strongly), from the same source as strong (adj.). Going strong (1898) is from racing. To come on strong was originally come it strong (1812).
In addition to the idioms beginning with strong
- strong point
- strong silent type
- strong suit
- come on strong