according to Cotgrave, is a “block, dunce, dolt, jobbernol,
dullard, loggerhead.” Probably michon, Mike (an ass), mikel, and cousin Michel, are all from the Italian miccio, an
ass. (See Mike.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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