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[strawng, strong] /strɔŋ, strɒŋ/
adjective, stronger
[strawng-ger, strong-] /ˈstrɔŋ gər, ˈstrɒŋ-/ (Show IPA),
[strawng-gist, strong-] /ˈstrɔŋ gɪst, ˈstrɒŋ-/ (Show IPA)
having, showing, or able to exert great bodily or muscular power; physically vigorous or robust:
a strong boy.
accompanied or delivered by great physical, mechanical, etc., power or force:
a strong handshake; With one strong blow the machine stamped out a fender.
mentally powerful or vigorous:
He may be old, but his mind is still strong.
especially able, competent, or powerful in a specific field or respect:
She's very strong in mathematics. He's weak at bat, but he's a strong fielder.
of great moral power, firmness, or courage:
strong under temptation.
powerful in influence, authority, resources, or means of prevailing or succeeding:
a strong nation.
aggressive; willful:
a strong personality.
of great force, effectiveness, potency, or cogency; compelling:
strong reasons; strong arguments.
clear and firm; loud:
He has a strong voice.
solid or stable; healthy; thriving:
The banker predicted a strong economy.
well-supplied or rich in something specific:
a strong hand in trumps.
having powerful means to resist attack, assault, or aggression:
a strong fortress; a strong defense.
able to resist strain, force, wear, etc.:
strong walls; strong cloth.
decisively unyielding; firm or uncompromising:
She has strong views about the United Nations. He has a strong sense of duty.
fervent; zealous; thoroughgoing:
He's a strong Democrat.
strenuous or energetic; vigorous:
strong efforts.
moving or acting with force or vigor:
strong winds.
distinct or marked; vivid, as impressions, resemblance or contrast:
He bears a strong resemblance to his grandfather.
intense, as light or color.
having a large proportion of the effective or essential properties or ingredients; concentrated:
strong tea.
(of a beverage or food) containing much alcohol:
strong drink; The fruitcake was too strong.
having a high degree of flavor or odor:
strong cheese; strong perfume.
having an unpleasant or offensive flavor or odor, especially in the process of decay:
strong butter.
of a designated number:
Marines 20,000 strong.
Commerce. characterized by steady or advancing prices:
The market resumed its strong pace after yesterday's setback.
  1. (of Germanic verbs) having vowel change in the root in inflected forms, as the English verbs sing, sang, sung; ride, rode, ridden.
  2. (of Germanic nouns and adjectives) inflected with endings that are generally distinctive of case, number, and gender, as German alter Mann “old man.”.
  3. belonging to the morphophonemically less regular of two inflectional subtypes.
(of a word or syllable) stressed.
Optics. having great magnifying or refractive power:
a strong microscope.
come on strong, Slang. to behave in an aggressive, ardent, or flamboyant manner:
When you're interviewed for the job, don't come on too strong.
Origin of strong
before 900; (adj.) Middle English strang, strong, Old English; cognate with Middle Dutch stranc, Old Norse strangr; (adv.) Middle English strange, stronge, Old English; cognate with Old High German strango; akin to string
Related forms
strongish, adjective
strongly, adverb
strongness, noun
overstrong, adjective
overstrongly, adverb
overstrongness, noun
self-strong, adjective
superstrong, adjective
1. mighty, sturdy, brawny, sinewy, hardy, muscular, stout, stalwart. 4. potent, capable, efficient. 5. valiant, brave. 7. bold, intense. 8. persuasive, cogent, impressive, conclusive. 10. steady, firm, secure. 14. unwavering, resolute. 15. fervid, vehement. 18. stark, sharp. 19. brilliant, vivid. 22. pungent, aromatic, sharp, piquant, hot, spicy, biting. 23. smelly, rank.
1. weak. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for strongish
Historical Examples
  • It enjoys a strongish loam, and a slightly shaded situation will conduce to its lengthened flowering, and also tend to luxuriance.

  • She was protected, however, by the guns of some strongish batteries.

    Marmaduke Merry William H. G. Kingston
  • Neither I nor anybody else has the least idea what is the cause of this strongish measure.

  • And there is a rope in the donkey-cart—a strongish one, I think.

    The Heiress of Wyvern Court Emilie Searchfield
  • We set off; I with a strongish, but unexplained feeling of resentment against my companion.

    Nancy Rhoda Broughton
  • I was a strongish, rough young chap, and thought about nothing but games.

    A Dream of the North Sea James Runciman
  • Then Peter said that this was all very well, but could he carry in his arms a strongish man who was unwilling to be so carried?

    Boris the Bear-Hunter Fred Whishaw
  • But, my dear fellow, when the Duke sends a message—it really comes to that—it's a strongish thing to say you won't do it.

    A Change of Air Anthony Hope
  • It was very dark, with a strongish breeze blowing down the river.

    Hurricane Hurry W.H.G. Kingston
  • It is a strongish post—narrow street, commanded from within—and tenable walls.

British Dictionary definitions for strongish


adjective stronger (ˈstrɒŋɡə), strongest (ˈstrɒŋɡɪst)
involving or possessing physical or mental strength
solid or robust in construction; not easily broken or injured
having a resolute will or morally firm and incorruptible character
intense in quality; not faint or feeble: a strong voice, a strong smell
easily defensible; incontestable or formidable
concentrated; not weak or diluted
  1. (postpositive) containing or having a specified number: a navy 40 000 strong
  2. (in combination): a 40 000-strong navy
having an unpleasantly powerful taste or smell
having an extreme or drastic effect: strong discipline
emphatic or immoderate: strong language
convincing, effective, or cogent
(of a colour) having a high degree of saturation or purity; being less saturated than a vivid colour but more so than a moderate colour; produced by a concentrated quantity of colouring agent
  1. denoting or belonging to a class of verbs, in certain languages including the Germanic languages, whose conjugation shows vowel gradation, as sing, sang, sung
  2. belonging to any part-of-speech class, in any of various languages, whose inflections follow the less regular of two possible patterns Compare weak (sense 10)
(of a wind, current, etc) moving fast
(of a syllable) accented or stressed
(of an industry, market, currency, securities, etc) firm in price or characterized by firm or increasing prices
(of certain acids and bases) producing high concentrations of hydrogen or hydroxide ions in aqueous solution
(Irish) prosperous; well-to-do (esp in the phrase a strong farmer)
have a strong stomach, not to be prone to nausea
(informal) in a strong way; effectively: going strong
come on strong, to make a forceful or exaggerated impression
Derived Forms
strongish, adjective
strongly, adverb
strongness, noun
Word Origin
Old English strang; related to Old Norse strangr, Middle High German strange, Lettish strans courageous
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Word Origin and History for strongish



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).

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Slang definitions & phrases for strongish

stroke house

noun phrase

A pornographic movie theater

[1970+; fr stroke, ''masturbate'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with strongish
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