[ mik-uh l ]
/ ˈmɪk əl /

adjective Archaic.

great; large; much.

Nearby words

  1. mickey,
  2. mickey finn,
  3. mickey mouse,
  4. mickiewicz,
  5. mickiewicz, adam,
  6. micky,
  7. micmac,
  8. micr,
  9. micra,
  10. micracoustic

Origin of mickle

before 900; Middle English mikel < Old Norse mikill; replacing Middle English michel, Old English micel (see much); cognate with Old High German mihil, Gothic mikils, akin to Latin magnus, Greek mégas

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British Dictionary definitions for mickle


Scot and Northern English dialect muckle (ˈmʌkəl)

/ (ˈmɪkəl) /


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 for mickle

C13 mikel, from Old Norse mikell, replacing Old English micel much

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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.

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