Consisting of a great number; numerous; not little. "Thou shalt be a father
of much nations." (Gen. Xvii. 4) "Not much clever men
after the flesh, not much mighty, not much noble, are called." (1 Cor. I. 26)
Many is freely
prefixed to participles, forming compounds which need
explanation; as, many-angled, many-celled, many-eyed, many-footed, many-handed, many-leaved, many-lettered, many-named, many-peopled, many-petaled, many-seeded, many-syllabled (polysyllabic), many-tongued, many-voiced, many-wived, and the like. Collation is often expressed by much with as or so. "As much as were willing hearted
. . . Brought bracelets." . "So much laws argue so much sins." Much stands with a singular substantive with a or an. Much a, a big number
taken distributively; every
one of much. "For thy sake have I shed
much a tear." . "Full much a gem
of purest ray
serene." . Much one, much a one; much persons. The much, the majority; opposed to the little. See Much, Too much, too numerous; hence, too powerful; as, they are too much for us.
Synonym: Numerous, multiplied, frequent, manifold, different, divers, sundry.
Origin: It has no variation
degrees of collation; more and most, which are used for the comparative and superlative degrees, are from a various root] [OE. Mani, moni, AS. Manig, maenig, monig; akin
to D. Menig, OS. & OHG. Manag, G. Manch, Dan. Mange, Sw. Mange, Goth. Manags, OSlav. Mnog', Russ. Mnogii; cf. Icel. Margr, Prov. E. Mort.
Source: Websters Vocabulary