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 (mĭk′əl) Scots

[Middle English mikel, from Old English micel and from Old Norse mikill; see meg- in Indo-European roots.]


(ˈmɪkəl) ,




great or abundant
much; greatly
1. a great amount, esp in the proverb, mony a little makes a mickle
2. Scot a small amount, esp in the proverb, many a mickle maks a muckle
[C13 mikel, from Old Norse mikell, replacing Old English micel much]


(ˈmɪk əl)

Chiefly Scot. great; large; much.
[1175–1225; Middle English (N and E dials.) mikel < Old Norse mikill; see much]


 a large amount—SOED; mickle folk‘many people,’ 1275. The expression, ‘Many a pickle makes a muckle’ is used in 1905; ‘Many a pickle makes a mickle’ is in the Oxford English Dictionary.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mickle - (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extentmickle - (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent; "a batch of letters"; "a deal of trouble"; "a lot of money"; "he made a mint on the stock market"; "see the rest of the winners in our huge passel of photos"; "it must have cost plenty"; "a slew of journalists"; "a wad of money"
large indefinite amount, large indefinite quantity - an indefinite quantity that is above the average in size or magnitude
deluge, flood, inundation, torrent - an overwhelming number or amount; "a flood of requests"; "a torrent of abuse"
haymow - a mass of hay piled up in a barn for preservation
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And I will fare to Avelon to the fairest of all maidens To Argente their Queen, an elf very fair, And she shall my wounds make all sound All whole me make with healing draughts, And afterwards I will come again to my kingdom And dwell with the Britons with mickle joy.
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S Mickles I ADMIT I was a tad concerned when we were in 16th position a few weeks back.
Even though the Mickles qualified for a Small Business Administration loan in December 2003, they had to use $300,000 of their personal savings to pay for The Athlete's Foot fee, buy inventory, and pay bills.
Many a mickle makes a muckle," we're told, but when I took a jarful of mickles along to the bureau de change last week to convert them into Euro-muckles, the cashier gave me a blank look and called the police.
Linda Mickles said she bought a life insurance policy from Aon on July 23, 1996, for her children, including Antonio Robinson.