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[mahy-tee] /ˈmaɪ ti/
adjective, mightier, mightiest.
having, characterized by, or showing superior power or strength:
mighty rulers.
of great size; huge:
a mighty oak.
great in amount, extent, degree, or importance; exceptional:
a mighty accomplishment.
Informal. very; extremely:
I'm mighty pleased.
(used with a plural verb) mighty persons collectively (usually preceded by the):
the rich and the mighty.
Origin of mighty
before 900; Middle English; Old English mihtig. See might2, -y1
Related forms
mightiness, noun
overmighty, adjective
quasi-mighty, adjective
1. strong, puissant. See powerful. 2. immense, enormous, tremendous, sizable.
1. feeble. 2. small. Unabridged
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  • It's mighty important, mind you, but a big part of me sees all of that as pure tedium.
  • Your criticisms seem mighty, mighty petty in light of the true horrors that go on every day.
  • When the retail pie is so small to begin with, those slices are going to send us all to bed mighty hungry.
  • His biggest mistake was getting found out, giving people the chance to get all high and mighty about it.
British Dictionary definitions for mighty


adjective mightier, mightiest
  1. having or indicating might; powerful or strong
  2. (as collective noun; preceded by the): the mighty
very large; vast
very great in extent, importance, etc
(informal, mainly US & Canadian) (intensifier): he was mighty tired
Derived Forms
mightiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for mighty

Old English mihtig, earlier mæhtig, from miht (see might (n.)). Cf. Old Frisian mechtig, Old Saxon mahtig, Dutch machtig, German mächtig. As an adverb, it is attested from c.1300, though now considered colloquial.

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