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MICHT, v. Also mought (Abd. 1768 A. Ross Helenore (S.T.S.) 26; Dmf. 1810 R. H. Cromek Remains 285), mught (Sc. 1712 Fountainhall Decisions II. 729); mich (Kcb. 1898 T. Murray Frae the Heather 92); mith (Abd. 1790 A. Shirrefs Poems 40, Mry. 1806 J. Cock Simple Strains 100, Ags. 1819 A. Balfour Campbell I. xviii., Fif. 1827 W. Tennant Papistry Storm'd 144; Bnff. 1924 Swatches o' Hamespun 35, ne.Sc. 1962); meith (Abd. 1768 A. Ross Helenore (S.T.S.) 10). Sc. forms of Eng. might, pa.t. of May, q.v. Gen.Sc. Freq. joined to the unstressed form a of the inf. Hae, and the neg. suffix -na(e) as michta, mitha (Abd. 1871 W. Alexander Johnny Gibb xx.; Ags. 1894 J. B. Salmond My Man Sandy (1899) i.; Bnff. 1924 Swatches o' Hamespun 11); mich(t)na(e); mithna; mittina (Abd. 1903 Banffshire Jnl. (13 Jan.)), miteno (Ork. 1909 Old-Lore Misc. II. i. 29); mithnin (Abd. 1871 W. Alexander Johnny Gibb x.).

[O.Sc. micht, mocht, mowcht, from 1375, Early Mid.Eng. meahte, later mihte, muchte, moht, mought.]

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