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mickle

[mik-uh l] /ˈmɪk əl/
adjective, Archaic.
1.
great; large; much.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English mikel < Old Norse mikill; replacing Middle English michel, Old English micel (see much); cognate with Old High German mihil, Gothic mikils, akin to Latin magnus, Greek mégas
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  • However, many a mickle makes a muckle, and in total they add up to something significant.
British Dictionary definitions for mickle

mickle

/ˈmɪkəl/
adjective
1.
great or abundant
adverb
2.
much; greatly
noun
3.
a great amount, esp in the proverb, mony a little makes a mickle
4.
(Scot) a small amount, esp in the proverb, many a mickle maks a muckle
Word Origin
C13 mikel, from Old Norse mikell, replacing Old English micelmuch
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Word Origin and History for mickle
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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