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From Proto-Germanic *mikilaz, from Proto-Indo-European *méǵh₂s (big, great, stout). Cognate with Old Saxon mikil, Old Dutch mikil, Old High German mihhil, Old Norse and Old Norse mikill (Swedish mycken/mycket, Norwegian mye/mykje or mykjen, and Danish meget), Gothic 𐌼𐌹𐌺𐌹𐌻𐍃 (mikils, great, many, much). The Germanic is cognate with Ancient Greek μέγας (mégas, great).



miċel (comparative māra, superlative mǣst)

  1. big, large; great
    Þes hætt is tō miċel for mīnum hēafde.
    This hat is too big for my head.
    Sēo sunne is māre þanne se mōna.
    The sun is bigger than the moon.
    Þæt is sēo mǣste mūs þe ic ǣfre ġeseah!
    That's the biggest mouse I've ever seen!
  2. much, a lot
    miċel sċeal iċ þē?
    How much do I owe you?
    • c. 900, The Consolation of Philosophy
      Mæġ miċel feoh ǣniġne mann dōn swā ġesǣliġne þæt hē nānes þinges māran ne þearf?
      Can a lot of money make anyone so happy that they don't need anything more?

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