See also: micel-

Old EnglishEdit

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EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Germanic *mikilaz, from Proto-Indo-European *méǵh₂s (big, great, stout). The Germanic is cognate with Ancient Greek μέγας (mégas, great).

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AdjectiveEdit

miċel (comparative māra, superlative mǣst)

  1. big, large; great
    Þēs hætt is tō miċel mīnum hēafde.
    This hat is too big for my head.
    Sēo sunne is māre þonne sē 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
      Hwæðer miċel feoh mæġ 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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