(adj.) "greater, more," used as a comp. of micel
"great" (see mickle
), from P.Gmc. *maizon
(cf. O.S. mera,
), from PIE *meis
(cf. Avestan mazja
"greater," O.Ir. mor
"great," Gk. -moros
"great," Oscan mais
"more"). O.E. used related ma
"more" as adv., n., from P.Gmc. *mais;
this became M.E. mo,
in this sense began to predominate in later M.E.
"Take some more tea," the March Hare said to Alice, very earnestly.
"I've had nothing yet," Alice replied in an offended tone, "so I can't take more."
"You mean you can't take less," said the Hatter: "it's very easy to take more than nothing."