much·​ness | \ ˈməch-nəs How to pronounce muchness (audio) \

Definition of muchness

: the quality or state of being great in quantity, extent, or degree
much of a muchness
: very much the same

Examples of muchness in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Peter Martins’s staging of the classic is an exercise in too-muchness; Alexei Ratmansky’s premiere offers dancers and dancing in a fresh, oddball light. Robert Greskovic, WSJ, "An Overstuffed ‘Swan Lake’ and Clarion ‘Voices’," 18 Feb. 2020 Somehow, yet again, MacLean spins a tale of feminist magic and rage that pulses with historical detail and invites readers to embrace their muchness. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "The 10 best romance novels of 2019," 23 Dec. 2019 To channel the spirit of motherly-too-muchness, the Zakars have shrewdly cast Vince Kelley to play — in delicious drag — their mom. Rod Stafford Hagwood,, "Review: 5 things to know about ‘Pray The Gay Away'," 24 Aug. 2019 Compact discs gave us longer swaths of clear, uninterrupted muchness. Chris Richards, Washington Post, "How did YouTube become the most popular music streaming site? By sounding like the world itself.," 31 July 2019 Gathered here are a selection of movie musicals—some original, some adapted from the stage—that brought camp’s muchness to the Hollywood soundstage. Marley Marius, Vogue, "The 5 Campiest Musicals Ever Made," 27 Apr. 2019 Occasionally, perhaps inevitably, there’s too much of a good thing, but even the too-muchness is high-grade. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Review: Animation Better Than Life," 13 Dec. 2018 This is tied to the larger issue of overstuffing that dogs Ojai, and will be Mr. Smith’s responsibility to solve: While there’s joy in the festival’s too-muchness, the music would be better served by judicious pruning. Zachary Woolfe, New York Times, "A Quirky Violinist and a Festival to Match," 11 June 2018 Too-muchness is an aesthetic principle in this sci-fi spectacle, based on a French comic-book series launched in the 1960s, and that’s part of the eye-numbing fun. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets’ Review: For Our Eyes Only," 20 July 2017

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First Known Use of muchness

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Muchness.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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