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mutch

[muhch] /mʌtʃ/
noun, British Dialect.
1.
a close-fitting linen or muslin cap, as worn by elderly women or babies.
Origin of mutch
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English (dial.) much < Middle Dutch mutse; cognate with German Mütze cap. See amice2
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Examples from the Web for mutch
Historical Examples
  • "Onything sets a gude face," quo' the monkey wi' the mutch on.

    The Proverbs of Scotland Alexander Hislop
  • How pleasant she looks, with her clean white apron and mutch!

    Out in the Forty-Five Emily Sarah Holt
  • A mutch, young lady,” said he, “is what you in the South call a cap.

    Out in the Forty-Five Emily Sarah Holt
  • Cherrys are good, but they are too mutch like sucking a marble, with a handle tew it.

    Josh Billings on Ice

    Henry Wheeler Shaw
  • I don't kare how mutch a man talks, if he will only say it in a few wurds.

    Josh Billings on Ice

    Henry Wheeler Shaw
  • And then she pulled her mutch from off her head, and mauled and maltreated her anew.

    Witch Stories

    E. Lynn (Elizabeth Lynn) Linton
  • There is nothyng which can geue the same so mutch as one spot of vermilion rud.

    The Palace of Pleasure William Painter
  • “I dinna need to put on a mutch,” she answered, with a faint flush of pride.

    The Little Minister J. M. Barrie
  • mutch hopped back, full of pride at her achievement, and sought to caress Fluff-Button with her whiskers.

    Lives of the Fur Folk M. D. Haviland
  • He pushed past mutch unceremoniously, and leaving her behind to stamp impotent signals, he scampered after Cuni.

    Lives of the Fur Folk M. D. Haviland
British Dictionary definitions for mutch

mutch1

/mʌtʃ/
noun
1.
a close-fitting linen cap formerly worn by women and children in Scotland
Word Origin
C15: from Middle Dutch mutse cap, from Medieval Latin almuciaalmuce

mutch2

/mʌtʃ/
verb (dialect)
1.
(transitive) to cadge; beg
2.
(intransitive) another word for mitch
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