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strong (adj.)

Old English strang "physically powerful, powerful in effect; forceful, severe, firm, bold, brave; constant, resolute; arduous, violent," from Proto-Germanic *strangaz (source also of Old Norse strangr "strong," Dutch streng "strict, rigorous," Old High German strang "strong, bold, hard," German streng "strict, rigorous"), possibly from PIE *strenk- "tight, narrow." Originally compared strenger, strengest (compare old/elder/eldest).

Grammatical sense, of noun and verb inflections, is first attested 1841, translating German stark, used in a grammatical sense by Jakob 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.

strong (adv.)

Old English strange "strongly, violently, severely, furiously" (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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Definitions of strong from WordNet

strong (adj.)
having strength or power greater than average or expected;
strong medicine
a strong man
a strong radio signal
strong (adj.)
not faint or feeble;
a strong odor of burning rubber
strong (adj.)
having or wielding force or authority;
Synonyms: potent
strong (adj.)
immune to attack; incapable of being tampered with;
Synonyms: impregnable / inviolable / secure / unassailable / unattackable
strong (adj.)
of good quality and condition; solidly built;
Synonyms: solid / substantial
strong (adj.)
of verbs not having standard (or regular) inflection;
`sing' is a strong verb
strong (adj.)
being distilled rather than fermented; having a high alcoholic content;
Synonyms: hard
strong (adj.)
freshly made or left;
Synonyms: warm
strong (adj.)
strong and sure;
gave a strong pull on the rope
Synonyms: firm
strong (adj.)
having a strong physiological or chemical effect;
Synonyms: potent / stiff
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