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.
- strong accumulation point,
- strong breeze,
- strong derived set,
- strong drink,
- strong force
Origin of strong
Examples from the Web for strongest
Democrats would be mistaken to underestimate Mike Huckabee, perhaps the strongest Republican presidential contender.
The tradition of baking of Stollen is probably the strongest in Dresden, Germany.One Cake to Rule Them All: How Stollen Stole Our Hearts|Molly Hannon|December 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Season three was the strongest one the series has produced yet, to boot.15 Enraging Golden Globe TV Snubs and Surprises: Amy Poehler, 'Mad Men' & More|Kevin Fallon|December 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The victim was himself dangerous, and also the strongest man in the yard.
The GOP is fielding its strongest slate of presidential candidates in forever.Ben Carson’s Bizarrely Serious, Seriously Bizarre Campaign Crew|Olivia Nuzzi|November 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It is not the persons who sin the least, but those who overcome the strongest temptations, who are the most virtuous.
As the elections were triennial, the strongest interest was made for the next turn.Letters from Spain|Joseph Blanco White
Luce, who did good work on the quarter-mile track last spring, is the strongest candidate for full-back.
But where the domestic faculties are the strongest, the home is lonesome without children.A California Girl|Edward Eldridge
Only the strongest have been able to survive the ordeals of birth and childhood.Life on a Mediaeval Barony|William Stearns Davis
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