[mik-uh l]

adjective Archaic.

great; large; much.

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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Contemporary Examples of mickle

Historical Examples of mickle

  • Mitchell may have been reinforced by Mickle, the northern for Bigg.

    The Romance of Names

    Ernest Weekley

  • "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

    William Morris

  • He said, If he has not preached, mickle has he prayed in his time.

  • In sooth nor knight nor lady / upon the bed had mickle rest.

British Dictionary definitions for mickle


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 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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