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 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”).
- big, large; great
- Þēs hætt is tō miċel mīnum hēafde.
- This hat is too big for my head.
- Sēo sunne is māre þonne 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!
- much, a lot
- Hū 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?