- much[much 词源字典]
- much:  The Old English word for ‘much’ was mycel (a relative of Old Norse mikill, from which English got the now archaic mickle ). It goes back ultimately to the same Indo-European base as produced Latin magis ‘more’ (source of English master) and magnus ‘large’ (source of English magnitude) and Greek mégas ‘large’ (source of the English prefix mega-). Mycel became early Middle English muchel, which began to lose its second syllable in the 13th century.
=> magnitude, master, more[much etymology, much origin, 英语词源]
- much (adj.)
- c. 1200, worn down by loss of unaccented last syllable from Middle English muchel "large, much," from Old English micel "great in amount or extent," from Proto-Germanic *mekilaz, from PIE *meg- "great" (see mickle). As a noun and an adverb, from c. 1200. For vowel evolution, see bury.