- mightie (obsolete)
From Middle English mighty, mightie, mighti, myghty, miȝty, maȝty, from Old English mihtiġ, mehtiġ, meahtiġ, mæhtiġ (“mighty”), from Proto-West Germanic *mahtīg (“mighty”), from Proto-Germanic *mahtīgaz (“mighty”), equivalent to might + -y.
mighty (plural mighties)
- Very strong; possessing might.
- He's a mighty wrestler, but you are faster than him.
- Very heavy and powerful.
- Thor swung his mighty hammer.
- He gave the ball a mighty hit.
- (colloquial) Very large; hefty.
- Accomplished by might; hence, extraordinary; wonderful.
- 1671, John Milton, “Samson Agonistes, […]”, in Paradise Regain’d. A Poem. In IV Books. To which is Added, Samson Agonistes, London: […] J. M[acock] for John Starkey […], →OCLC, page 42, lines 637–638:
- (informal) Excellent, extremely good.
- Tonight's a mighty opportunity to have a party.
- She's a mighty cook.
mighty (not comparable)
- (colloquial, dialect) 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.
- 1665 June 7 (date written; Gregorian calendar), Samuel Pepys, Mynors Bright, transcriber, “May 28th, 1665 (Lord’s Day)”, in Henry B[enjamin] Wheatley, editor, The Diary of Samuel Pepys […], volume IV, London: George Bell & Sons […]; Cambridge: Deighton Bell & Co., published 1894, →OCLC:
- The lady is not heard of, and the King mighty angry and the Lord sent to the Tower.
- 1918 September–November, Edgar Rice Burroughs, “The Land That Time Forgot”, in The Blue Book Magazine, Chicago, Ill.: Story-press Corp., →OCLC; republished as chapter IV, in Hugo Gernsback, editor, Amazing Stories, (please specify |part=I, II, or III), New York, N.Y.: Experimenter Publishing, 1927, →OCLC:
- I 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.
- 1964, Bob Dylan (lyrics and music), “Motorpsycho Nitemare”:
- I pounded on a farmhouse / Lookin' for a place to stay / I was mighty, mighty tired / I had come a long, long way
- 1979, “You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)”, performed by Sylvester:
- And I know my love, it's about that time / Make me feel, mighty real