As defined by A Concise Dictionary of Old Icelandic (Geir Zoëga):
mikill Old Icelandic word can mean:
- (acc. mikinn, neut. mikit), a.
- 1) great, tall, of stature (m. vexti, maðr m. ok sterkr);
- 2) great, large, in bulk or size (mikil ey ok góð); áin var mikil, the river was swollen;
- 3) of quantity, great, much (m. viðr, mikil drykkjuföng);
- 4) great, prominent (skörungr m., málafylgjumaðr m.); m. drykkjumaðr, a great drunkard; vetr m., a severe winter; með ~i snild, with great skill;
- 5) acc. ‘mikinn’ used as adv.; ríða (fara) m., to ride (go) fast; róa m., to pull hard;
- 6) neut. as subst., much; skipta miklu, to be of great importance; dat., ‘miklu’ with compar., much, by far (m. betr; m. meiri maðr en áðr); with superl., m. mestr, by far the greatest, the very greatest; neut. as adv., mikit, greatly, much, = mjök (hón unni honum m.).
Possible runic inscription in Younger Futhark:ᛘᛁᚴᛁᛚᛚ
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