Try Our Apps


Supposedly vs. Supposably


[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.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for muchness
Historical Examples
  • 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
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for muchness

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for muchness

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for muchness

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for muchness