Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Scots A unit of liquid measure equal to 0.9 U.S. pints (0.42 liters).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A unit of fluid capacity approximately equal to three-quarters of an imperial pint (0.43 litres)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A liquid measure equal to four gills, or an imperial pint.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A liquid measure in Scotland, containing four gills, and forming the fourth part of a Scotch pint.

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

  • n. a Scottish unit of liquid measure equal to 0.9 United States pint

Etymologies

Middle English muchekyn, from Middle Dutch mudseken, diminutive of mutse, a kind of measure, from Latin modius, grain measure.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Jekyl of a mutchkin of Glenlivat, that both would fall by the first fire.

    Saint Ronan's Well

  • Steenie cried for a mutchkin of brandy, for he had had no refreshment the haill day.

    Redgauntlet

  • ‘From a mutchkin to a gallon, I ken your honour’s taste,

    Redgauntlet

  • Old Keltie, the landlord, who had bestowed his name on a bridge in the neighbourhood of his quondam dwelling, received the carrier with his usual festive cordiality, and adjourned with him into the house, under pretence of important business, which, I believe, consisted in their emptying together a mutchkin stoup of usquebaugh.

    The Abbot

  • Hieland sowens by Mr. Duncan MacDonought, the last minister, who began the morning duly, Sunday and Saturday, with a mutchkin of usquebaugh.

    The Heart of Mid-Lothian

  • I do not know whether it was from mere curiosity, or whether some hope of gain mixed with it, but after Dick had sold several horses in this way, he began to complain that dry — bargains were unlucky, and to hint that since his chap must live in the neighbourhood, he ought, in the courtesy of dealing, to treat him to half a mutchkin.

    Waverley

  • ‘Bob of Dumblain,’ under the influence of half a mutchkin of brandy, he seemed to trot merrily forward, with a happy indifference to the state of the country, the conduct of the party, the end of the journey, and all other sublunary matters whatever.

    Waverley

  • Inn, and to bestow a mutchkin, as he would jocosely say, to obtain the freedom of the house, but, in reality, to assure himself of my company during the evening. —

    Old Mortality

  • Roy Macdonald complied with the summons, taking with him a half mutchkin stoup full of whiskey.

    Memoirs of the Jacobites of 1715 and 1745 Volume III.

  • Westmoreland; and not liking to intrude on his family circle that evening, I sent a note up to Greta Hall, requesting him to come down and see me, and drink one half mutchkin along with me.

    The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction Volume 19, No. 543, Saturday, April 21, 1832.

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  • See WordNet definition above. The mutchkin is also about 15 British fluid ounces (about 426 milliliters).

    November 7, 2007