See also: mickle



From Middle English mukel, muchel, from the same source as (perhaps a variant of) mickle, which see.


  • IPA(key): /ˈmʌkəl/
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  • Rhymes: -ʌkəl



  1. (chiefly Scotland) A great amount.

Derived termsEdit


muckle (comparative more muckle, superlative most muckle)

  1. (archaic outside Northumbria and Scotland) Large, massive.
    • c. 1930, George S. Morris, song A Pair o Nicky-tams:
      She clorts a muckle piece [sandwich] tae me, wi' different kinds o' jam,
      An' tells me ilka nicht that she admires my Nicky Tams.
  2. (archaic outside Northumbria and Scotland) Much.


muckle (third-person singular simple present muckles, present participle muckling, simple past and past participle muckled)

  1. (US, dialectal) To latch onto something with the mouth.
    • 1954, Elizabeth Ogilvie, The Dawning of the Day[1], page 199:
      And how'd she get such a holt on you, Terence Campion, let alone the way she's muckled onto those Bennetts?
    • 2002, William G. Wilkoff, The Maternity Leave Breastfeeding Plan[2], →ISBN, page 87:
      Another technique for the baby who is having trouble muckling on involves a breast or nipple shield.
    • 2004, William J. Vande Kopple, The Catch: Families, Fishing, and Faith[3], →ISBN, page 18:
      When an exhausted sucker is hauled to the top of The Wall, usually its muckling circle of a mouth goes into a frenzied sucking spasm.
  2. (rare) To talk big; to exaggerate.



  • A Dictionary of North East Dialect, Bill Griffiths, 2005, Northumbria University Press, →ISBN
  • A List of words and phrases in everyday use by the natives of Hetton-le-Hole in the County of Durham, F.M.T.Palgrave, English Dialect Society vol.74, 1896, [4]
  • muckle in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.