Definitions

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  • adj. large, massive; much
  • v. To latch onto something with the mouth.
  • v. To talk big; to exaggerate.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Much.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A dialectal (Scotch) form of mickle.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent

Etymologies

From Old English miċel, myċel. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Then she gave him Donal's school-slate, with a sklet-pike, and said, "Noo, mak a muckle A, cratur."

    Sir Gibbie

  • Evidently "muckle" could not be the dinner-horn, so Harvey passed over the maul, and Dan scientifically stunned the fish before he pulled it inboard, and wrenched out the hook with the short wooden stick he called a "gob-stick."

    Captains Courageous

  • Dan peered down into the water alongside, and flourished the big "muckle," ready for all chances.

    Captains Courageous

  • Rashes. 1870 version [ "muckle"] in MacLennan SNR (1909),

    Craw Killed the Pussy

  • Alex Massie also asks:Jeremy Clarkson is a muckle tube.

    Public sector strikes - Wednesday 30 November

  • "Aye, weel, mony a mickle mak's a muckle, as Papa used to say."

    Watershed

  • Many proverbs use alliteration: "Many a mickle (little) makes a muckle (lot)," rhyme: "Man proposes, God disposes," parallelism: "Nothing ventured, nothing gained," ellipsis: "First come, first served," etc.

    The Nature Of Proverbs

  • And and and when I broke up, I was all in a fuddle, a fussle—a muckle.

    Wildfire

  • Ye suld munt up a muckle square of canvass, like Dick Tinto, and paint folks ainsells, that they like muckle better to see than ony craig in the haill water; and I wadna muckle objeck even to some of the Wallers coming up and sitting to ye.

    Saint Ronan's Well

  • “The Almighty guide your course through the troubles of this wicked warld — and the muckle deevil blaw wind in your sails,” she added, in her natural tone, as the guests vanished from her miserable threshold.

    Saint Ronan's Well

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  • Historical meaning is 'a little', as in this sample from 1860:

    I hadna been a wife a week but only four,
    When mournfu' as I sat on the stane at the door,
    I saw my Jamie's wraith, for I couldna think it he
    Till he said, I'm come hame to marry thee.

    O sair, sair did we greet, and muckle did we say;
    We took but ae kiss, and I bade him gang away.
    I wish that I were dead, but I'm no like to dee;
    And why was I born to say, Wae's me?

    I gang like a ghaist, and I carena to spin;
    I daurna think on Jamie, for that wad be a sin;
    But I'll do my best a gude wife aye to be, 35
    For auld Robin Gray he is kind unto me.


    - Lady A. Lindsay, 'Auld Robin Gray'.

    August 11, 2008