From Middle English myght, might (also maught, macht, maht), from Old English miht, mieht, meaht, mæht, from Proto-West Germanic *mahti, from Proto-Germanic *mahtiz, *mahtuz, from Proto-Indo-European *mógʰtis, *megʰ-, corresponding to Germanic *maganą + *-þiz.
Cognate with Scots micht, maucht, North Frisian macht ("might, ability"), West Frisian macht ("might, ability"), Dutch macht ("might, power"), German Macht ("power, might"), Swedish makt ("might"), Norwegian makt ("power"), Icelandic máttur ("might"), Gothic 𐌼𐌰𐌷𐍄𐍃. Related to may.
From Old English meahte and mihte, from magan, whence English may.
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