Definition of mutchkin in English:



  • A Scottish unit of capacity equal to a little less than a pint, or roughly three quarters of an imperial pint (0.43 liters)

    • ‘Until the late 18th century, Scots liquid measures had colourful names like ` mutchkin’ and ` chopin’ (2 mutchkins).’
    • ‘Two half mutchkins of raw whisky were then called for and drunk between them.’
    • ‘However he admitted him, and Worthington sent his son to buy a mutchkin of whisky costing two shillings, sending him first with a pound note and then, when no change was to be had, with silver.’
    • ‘Three sizes are known, all in Scots measure - quart, pint and mutchkin.’
    • ‘He was a decorated war hero, but that didn't matter - he was still fined a half mutchkin of punch.’


Late Middle English: from early modern Dutch mudsekin, diminutive of mud hectoliter.