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[muhch-nis] /ˈmʌtʃ nɪs/
Archaic. greatness, as in quantity, measure, or degree.
much of a muchness,
  1. much the same; very much alike.
  2. extravagance; excess.
Origin of muchness
1350-1400; Middle English mochenesse. See much, -ness Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for muchness
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  • I told them it was on account of the muchness that I declined.

  • "I think they're all much of a muchness," replied Maud thoughtfully.

    Hunter's Marjory Margaret Bruce Clarke
  • We hed our konkebines with ez great a muchness ez Solomon, but we sold their children for silver, and gold, and red-dog paper.

    Swingin Round the Cirkle. Petroleum V. Nasby
  • Probably, the guilt is much of a muchness, as in all mismanaged matters.

    Cradock Nowell, Vol. 2 (of 3) Richard Doddridge Blackmore
  • Much of a muchness ruled in art and business, as in statesmanship.

    The Promise of Air Algernon Blackwood
  • Gourd and document are much of a muchness, he said carelessly.

    The Message Louis Tracy
  • Anon to supper and to bed, my head a little troubled with the muchness of the business I have upon me at present.

  • Women are very much of a muchness, especially the pretty ones.

    The Bishop's Apron W. Somerset Maugham
  • They may not be such a muchness otherwise, but theyre good rooters, and its a pleasure to play ball here.

  • I told them that it was on account of the muchness that I declined.

    Quips and Quiddities William Davenport Adams
British Dictionary definitions for muchness


(archaic or informal) magnitude
(Brit) much of a muchness, very similar
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for muchness

late 14c., from much + -ness. Earlier was Middle English muchelnesse (c.1200).

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