- great; large; much.
Origin of mickle
Examples from the Web for mickle
“I was really struck at first by how funny Michael was in his comic timing,” Mickle adds.Michael C. Hall on Where ‘Dexter’ Went Wrong and His New Killer Role in ‘Cold in July’
May 23, 2014
Mitchell may have been reinforced by Mickle, the northern for Bigg.The Romance of Names
"These are among the very things that will ruin us," responded Mickle.The Printer Boy.
William M. Thayer
And it were well if they might gather a little host ere their foeman might gather a mickle.Child Christopher
He said, If he has not preached, mickle has he prayed in his time.Historical Parallels, vol 3 (of 3)
Arthur Thomas Malkin
In sooth nor knight nor lady / upon the bed had mickle rest.The Nibelungenlied
Scot and Northern English dialect muckle (ˈmʌkəl)
- 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 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.