AskDefine | Define muchness

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muchness n : greatness of quantity or measure or extent

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  1. greatness in amount
  2. now principally in the phrase much of a muchness


Three examples from The Diary of Samuel Pepys, all using the phrase the muchness of the business:
  • 1666: the muchness of his business cannot suffer him to mind it, or give him leisure to reflect on anything — Entry 15 Aug 1666
  • 1667/68: This troubled me so much as, together with the shortness of the time and muchness of the business, did let me be at it till but about ten at night — Entry 4 March 1667/68
  • 1668/69: my head a little troubled with the muchness of the business I have upon me at present — Entry 27 March 1668/69
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