mickle


mickle

adjective Archaic.

  1. great; large; much.

adjective

  1. great or abundant

adverb

  1. much; greatly

noun

  1. a great amount, esp in the proverb, mony a little makes a mickle
  2. Scot a small amount, esp in the proverb, many a mickle maks a muckle

adj.dialectal survival of Old English micel, mycel “great, intense, big, long, much, many,” from Proto-Germanic *mekilaz (cf. Old Saxon mikil, Old Norse mikill, Old High German mihhil, Gothic mikils), from PIE root *meg- “great, large” (cf. Armenian mets “great;” Sanskrit mahat- “great, mazah- “greatness;” Avestan mazant- “great;” Hittite mekkish “great, large;” Greek megas “great, large;” Latin magnus “great, large, much, abundant,” major “greater,” maximus “greatest;” Middle Irish mag, maignech “great, large;” M.Welsh meith “long, great”). Its main modern form is much (q.v.). Related: Mickleness.

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