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[mik-uh l] /ˈmɪk əl/
adjective, Archaic.
great; large; much.
Origin of mickle
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 Unabridged
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  • He does not regard the Scotchman's "mickle," because he does not stop to consider that the end is a "muckle."

    The Negro Problem Booker T. Washington, et al.
  • Mitchell may have been reinforced by mickle, the northern for Bigg.

    The Romance of Names Ernest Weekley
  • Her pain was passing great; a mickle wonder it was that she ever lived.

  • And it were well if they might gather a little host ere their foeman might gather a mickle.

    Child Christopher William Morris
  • He said, If he has not preached, mickle has he prayed in his time.

    Historical Parallels, vol 3 (of 3) Arthur Thomas Malkin
  • Then was a mickle sorrow / and cause of weeping ta'en from her.

  • He called with might and main, that all the water rang, for mickle and great was the hero's strength.

  • In sooth nor knight nor lady / upon the bed had mickle rest.

  • "'Mony a little makes a mickle,' as my old grandfather used to say," McCloskey went on.

British Dictionary definitions for mickle


great or abundant
much; greatly
a great amount, esp in the proverb, mony a little makes a mickle
(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

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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