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mutchkin

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n mutchkin a Scottish unit of liquid measure equal to 0.9 United States pint
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Mutchkin A liquid measure equal to four gills, or an imperial pint.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n mutchkin A liquid measure in Scotland, containing four gills, and forming the fourth part of a Scotch pint.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Mutchkin much′kin a Scottish liquid measure of four gills, or forming one-fourth of a Scottish pint.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Scot. mutch, a cap, kin, little.

Usage

In literature:

And I'se gie ye a mutchkin mysell, man, if I can settle weel wi' Christy Wilson.
"The Black Dwarf" by Sir Walter Scott
Jist gang an' fess a mutchkin mair.
"Robert Falconer" by George MacDonald
MUTCHKIN, a measure equal to about three quarters of an imperial pint.
"Waverley, Or 'Tis Sixty Years Hence, Complete" by Sir Walter Scott
Godsake, woman, let me away; there's saxpence t' ye to buy half a mutchkin, instead o' clavering about thae auld-warld stories.
"Guy Mannering, or The Astrologer, Complete, Illustrated" by Sir Walter Scott
Mutchkin, a measure equal to an English pint.
"St. Ronan's Well" by Sir Walter Scott
Roy Macdonald complied with the summons, taking with him a half mutchkin stoup full of whiskey.
"Memoirs of the Jacobites of 1715 and 1745" by Mrs. Thomson
He uncorked his mutchkin and drank it like water.
"The House with the Green Shutters" by George Douglas Brown
Two half mutchkins, I say.
"Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland, Volume 2" by Alexander Leighton
Mutchkin was unquestionably a shrewd fellow, although he did his best to darken the light with which nature had endowned him.
"A Book about Doctors" by John Cordy Jeaffreson
AND FORBYE YE GOT A HALF-MUTCHKIN AWA' WI' YE LAST NICHT (AFTER HOORS TAE); IT CANNA BE A' DUNE YET!
"Our People" by Charles Samuel Keene
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In poetry:

There is Will, the gude fallow,
Wha kills a' our care,
Wi' his sang an' his joke
And a mutchkin mair;
"The Five Friends" by Robert Tannahill
"Auld Scotlan' owre her thistle grat—
Noo that her mutchkin stoup was dry—
For meal pocks toom, an' aumries bare,
An' starvin' bairnie's waefu' cry.
"Grannie's Crack Aboot The Famine In Auld Scotlan' In 1739-40" by Janet Hamilton
"I wuss," cried Maggie, "I could sing,
But gi'e that bell anither ring.
Talkin's dry wark, an'—let me see—
Half mutchkin? Ay, bring that to me,
I'll pay my way as lang's I'm able"—
An' banged a shillin' on the table.
"The Landlord's Best" by Alexander Anderson