Definition of mutchkin in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈməCHkən/


A Scottish unit of capacity equal to a little less than a pint, or roughly three quarters of an imperial pint (0.43 liters).
Example sentences
  • He was a decorated war hero, but that didn't matter - he was still fined a half mutchkin of punch.
  • Two half mutchkins of raw whisky were then called for and drunk between them.
  • However he admitted him, and Worthington sent his son to buy a mutchkin of whisky costing two shillings, sending him first with a pound note and then, when no change was to be had, with silver.


Late Middle English: from early modern Dutch mudsekin, diminutive of mud 'hectoliter'.

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Syllabification: mutch·kin

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