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 strongestfirm, heavy, vigorous, secure, tough, capable, solid, big, forceful, able, steady, tenacious, athletic, substantial, stable, active, robust, durable, energetic, steadfast
Examples from the Web for strongest
Contemporary Examples of strongest
Democrats would be mistaken to underestimate Mike Huckabee, perhaps the strongest Republican presidential contender.Why This Liberal Hearts Huckabee
January 6, 2015
The tradition of baking of Stollen is probably the strongest in Dresden, Germany.One Cake to Rule Them All: How Stollen Stole Our Hearts
December 24, 2014
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
December 11, 2014
The victim was himself dangerous, and also the strongest man in the yard.A Million Ways to Die in Prison
December 8, 2014
The GOP is fielding its strongest slate of presidential candidates in forever.Ben Carson’s Bizarrely Serious, Seriously Bizarre Campaign Crew
November 12, 2014
Historical Examples of strongest
I believe this, on the contrary, the strongest Government on earth.
It is the strongest assurance that the recovery will endure.
His strongest feeling just then was one of self-reproach, mingled with humiliation.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
Faith, in such circumstances, must be of the purest, and may be of the strongest.Weighed and Wanting
But his good qualities, if few, were of the strongest fiber, rooted in the deeps of him.Within the Law
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