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First published 1971 (DOST Vol. IV).
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Much, Muche, a. (n.) and adv. Also: mwche, moche, mouch(e, muchte, mutch(e, mwtch, mutsch. [e.m.E. and ME., shortened from muchel, mochel, used in place of Sc. Mekill, Mikill. Cf. also Mich(e.] Much.a. 1560 Rolland Seven S. 4630.
adj. Sa muche blude
1610 Highland P. III. 118.
To think my willingnes as mouch as euir
1619 Fam. Innes 210.
Quhilk day is to be ane of mutch honor to me
1624 Dunferm. Ann. 283.
With mutche stryveing
1629 Black Orkn. & Shetl. Folklore 104.
Mutch bluid
1657 Glasgow B. Rec. II. 364.
With mwtch painis
b. a1570-86 Dunb. Maitl. F. xc. 36.
n. Sum hes so mwche he takis no cure [etc.]
1560 Rolland Seven S. 2027.
Mony seruandis … Muche taking out
c. a1500 Colk. Sow i. 359.
adv. That for so much thay beleuit That [etc.]
c 1522 Doug. in Doug. (Sm.) I. p. cxi.
For als moche as than the said duke wald [etc.]
1542 Douglas Corr. 147.
That he wald cum and do his dewite to the governour, and mouche the rather for our cause
1560 Rolland Seven S. 1078.
I couet ȝow muche baith to se and knaw
1561 Murray in Cal. Sc. P. I. 535.
Yff we leyn to much to our awin wyttis
1584-9 Maxwall Commonpl. Bk. 3 b.
Let nocht thi eine to mwche fwll of tears be
c1590 Fowler I. 240/3.
Thought they not muchte prevaill
1612 Lett. & St. P. Jas. VI 205.
Muche hindersome to this service
1615 Highland P. III. 258.
To be so mutche the moir instant with the erll
1619 Maxwell Mem. II. 196.
To my mutsch respected cusing
1661 Elgin Rec. II. 296.
She answerit she was not so mutch invailling
1675 Anal. Scot. I. 336.
These members, indeed, did brangle too mutch [: tutch]

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