Meaning and Origin
What does the name Mickle mean? Keep reading to find the user submitted meanings, dictionary definitions, and more.
User Submitted Origins
Etymology: OE. mikel muchel mochel mukel, AS. micel mycel; akin to OS. mikil, OHG. mihil mihhil, Icel. mikill mykill, Goth. mikils, L. magnus, Gr. me`gas, gen. mega`loy; cf. Skr. mahat. √103. Cf. Much Muckle Magnitude
- (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent
From Middle English mickle, michel, mikel, mochel, muchel, mukel (“much; many; large, tall; great”), from Old English miċel, myċel (“big, large; great; much”) or Old Norse mikill (“great, tall; much”), both from Proto-Germanic *mikilaz (“great, large; many, much”), from Proto-Indo-European *méǵh₂s (“big, great”). The word is cognate with Icelandic mikill (“large in quantity or number; much; great”).
For the adverb and noun forms, compare Middle English muchel (“extensively, greatly, much”, adverb) and Middle English muchel (“large amount”, noun).
The noun sense “a small amount” was due to the proverb many a little makes a mickle being incorrectly rendered as many a mickle makes a muckle, leading to mickle being thought to mean “a small quantity” and muckle to mean “a large quantity”, even though muckle is a variant of mickle and both mean “a large quantity”.
- (archaic, chiefly Scotland) A great amount.
- Many a little makes a .
- (archaic, Scotland, originally erroneous) A small amount.
- (obsolete) Great or important people as a class.
- (obsolete) Greatness, largeness, stature.
mickle was also found in the following language(s): Scots