Definition of mickle in English:

mickle

Syllabification: mick·le
Pronunciation: /ˈmikəl
 
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(also muckle /ˈməkəl/)
archaic or Scottish & Northern English

noun

adjective

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  • Very large: she had a great big elephant ... that’s one of those mickle beasts from Africa
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    • Do you know there's this old church in Aberdeen that's now a great muckle warren o' a pub that can hold 1,500 folk?
    • ‘When they cast the colours at the end of the Selkirk common riding a great, muckle lump comes into my throat, even though I ken it's a load o' rubbish.’
    • She was there to make Maggie look sexy and with her builder's hands and big muckle face, I do wonder if she wasn't post-operative transsexual.

determiner & pronoun

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  • Much; a large amount.

Phrases

many a little makes a mickle

(also many a mickle makes a muckle)
proverb Many small amounts accumulate to make a large amount.
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  • Remember, many a little makes a mickle; and farther, beware of little expenses; a small leak will sink a great ship.
  • After you award it to your kids, they will collect little by little even one penny and put it in this cute Jar, after a while, many a little makes a mickle, they will be very surprised to ask you: ‘Mom, my piggy jar is going to full, may I take them out and fill him again?’
  • Thorough instruction in all military details is best, and there is an old saying that ‘many a mickle makes a muckle.’

Origin

Old English micel 'great, numerous, much', of Germanic origin; from an Indo-European root shared by Greek megas, megal-.

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