having much wisdom ...1650 obs. rare
from mickle (adv. to a great extent or degree, greatly) + -wise
FIRST DOCUMENTED USE
1650 - see EXAMPLE below
"...For, our Eares are naturally extant and looke forward, because wee heare better when we turne our Faces to the sound, our Eares so better encountring with the sound; and the prominency of our Eares serve also for a defence to cast off the sweat and filth, and the furfuracerous excrements of the Temples and the upper part of the Eare, least they should slide into the auditory passage; all which commodities our mickle-wise Mothers defraud us of by their nice dislike of Lugs, and as they call them in reproach, Prickeares...."
From: Anthropometamorphosis: Man Transform'd: or, The Artificiall Changling
- John Bulwer