from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A compost heap; a dunghill.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A compost heap; a dunghill.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A dunghill; a laystall.


Anglo-Saxon mixen, myxen, from meohx, meox, dung, filth; akin to English mist. (Wiktionary)


  • They growed, and they growed, in the mixen and out of the mixen, all over the litter, covering it quite up.

    A Pair of Blue Eyes

  • John made a new manure mixen last summer, and he said,

    A Pair of Blue Eyes

  • These came zealously, with speed of leg and wing, from straw-rick, threshing-floor, double hedge, or mixen; and following their tails, the boy slipped through the rick-yard, and tossed a note to Mary with a truly

    Mary Anerley

  • I sat up again, but my strength was all spent, and no time left to recover it, and though she rose at our gate like a bird, I tumbled off into the mixen.

    Lorna Doone

  • Crossing the stream which tumbled down the valley, by a somewhat "wobbly" bridge, and picking our way through the mixen which forms the approach to every well-appointed hut, we arrived upon the roof which supported the tent.

    A Holiday in the Happy Valley with Pen and Pencil

  • Close by the door stood the mixen, a collection of every abomination -- streams from which, in rainy weather, fertilized the lower meadows, generally the lord's pasture, and polluted the stream.

    The Necessity of Atheism

  • 'Here is the mixen,' he appealed to Viridus, who nodded.

    Privy Seal His Last Venture

  • Even the chief civil authority of the town was deterred from sallying forth by a remembrance of a predecessor in the provostship who had been buried in a stable mixen all but his head, to the detriment of his clothes and the still greater and more lasting hurt to his dignity.


  • We can't put any more under the church lumber than I have sent on there, and my mixen hev already more in en than is safe. '

    Wessex Tales

  • John made a new manure mixen last summer, and he said, "Maria, now if you've got any flowers or such like, that you don't want, you may plant 'em round my mixen so as to hide it a bit, though 'tis not likely anything of much value will grow there."

    A Pair of Blue Eyes


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  • (n. York. dial.) - "dunghill". From OE myxen "dung", "dung-heap".

    August 6, 2009