• Mighty

    Pronunciation

    • UK IPA: /ˈmaɪti/
    • US IPA: /ˈmaɪti/, ˈmʌɪɾi
    • Rhymes: -aɪti

    Origin

    Old English mihtiġ.

    Full definition of mighty

    Noun

    mighty

    (plural only)
    1. Influential, powerful beings.
      The high and the mighty get what they want.
      • 2013-08-10, Lexington, Keeping the mighty honest, British journalists shun complete respectability, feeling a duty to be ready to savage the mighty, or rummage through their bins. Elsewhere in Europe, government contracts and subsidies ensure that press barons will only defy the mighty so far.

    Noun

    mighty

    (plural mighties)
    1. (obsolete, rare) A warrior of great force and courage.

    Adjective

    mighty

    1. Very strong; possessing might.He's a mighty wrestler, but you are faster than him.
      • Bible, Job ix. 4Wise in heart, and mighty in strength.
    2. Very heavy and powerful.Thor swung his mighty hammer.He gave the ball a mighty hit.
    3. Accomplished by might; hence, extraordinary; wonderful.
      • Bible, Matthew xi. 20His mighty works
      • HawthorneMighty was their fuss about little matters.
    4. (informal) Excellent, extremely good.Tonight's a mighty opportunity to have a party.She's a mighty cook.

    Derived terms

    Adverb

    mighty

    1. (colloquial) Very; to a high degree.You can leave that food in your locker for the weekend, but it's going to smell mighty bad when you come back on Monday.Pork chops boiled with turnip greens makes a mighty fine meal.
      • Samuel PepysThe lady is not heard of, and the King mighty angry and the Lord sent to the Tower.
      • 1918, Edgar Rice Burroughs, The Land That Time Forgot (novel) Chapter IVI was mighty glad that our entrance into the interior of Caprona had been inside a submarine rather than in any other form of vessel. I could readily understand how it might have been that Caprona had been invaded in the past by venturesome navigators without word of it ever reaching the outside world, for I can assure you that only by submarine could man pass up that great sluggish river, alive.
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