This word is not directly the comparative of any other term. Instead, various adverbial formations are used to express the positive degree.
Final *-z was regularly lost in monosyllables in the northern West Germanic languages, so that forms without final -r are found in these languages. However, it was generally restored later by analogy with the adjective *maizô, which had retained it.
- Old English: mā, mǣ
- Old Frisian: mā, mē, mār, mēr
- Old Saxon: mēr
- Old Dutch: *mē, mēr
- Old High German: mē, mēr
- Old Norse: meir
- Gothic: 𐌼𐌰𐌹𐍃 (mais)