Origin of miteMiddle English from OE, akin to Old High German miza, a gnat from Indo-European base an unverified form mai-, to cut, cut off from source mad
- a very small sum of money or contribution
- Obs. a coin of very small value
- bit (noun)
- a very small creature or object
Origin of miteMiddle English from MDu, ultimately same as mite
Origin of miteMiddle English from Old English mīte
- a. A very small contribution or amount of money.b. A widow's mite.
- A very small object, creature, or particle.
- A coin of very small value, especially an obsolete British coin worth half a farthing.
Origin of miteMiddle English from Middle DutchMiddle Low German mīte a small Flemish coin, tiny animal
- A minute arachnid, of the order Acarina, of which there are many species; as, the cheese mite, sugar mite, harvest mite, etc. See Acarina.
- A small coin formerly circulated in England, rated at about a third of a farthing. The name is also applied to the lepton, a small coin used in Palestine in the time of Christ.
- A small weight; one twentieth of a grain.
- Anything very small; a minute object; a very little quantity or particle. Sometimes used adverbially.
Middle English mite, from Old English mÄ«te (“mite, tiny insect"), from Proto-Germanic *mÄ«tÇ (“biting insect"; literally, "cutter"), from Proto-Germanic *maitanÄ… (“to cut"), from Proto-Indo-European *mey- (“small"). Akin to Old High German mÄ«za (“mite"), Middle Dutch mÄ«te (“moth, mite"), Dutch mijt (“moth, mite"), Danish mide (“mite").