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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Definitions for mickle

  1. Archaic. great; large; much.

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Citations for mickle
O, mickle is the powerful grace that lies / In plants, herbs, stones, and their true qualities ... William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, 1623
Many a little makes a micle. William Camden, Remaines, Concerning Britaine, 1614
Origin of mickle
English mickle and much have many variants in Old and Middle English. Both words derive from the very widespread Proto-Indo-European root meg- (and its variant megh-) “great.” This root is clearest in the Greek adjective mégas “great, large” (as in “megabit” and “megabyte”). The root appears in the Latin adjective magnus “great” (as in “magnify, magnanimous”). The variant megh- appears in Sanskrit as maha-, familiar in mahārājā ”great king.”