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

First recorded in 1350–1400, muchness is from the Middle English word mochenesse. See much, -ness Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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archaic, or informal magnitude
much of a muchness British very similar
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Word Origin and History for muchness

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

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