mayhap

adverb
may·​hap | \ ˈmā-ˌhap How to pronounce mayhap (audio) , mā-ˈhap How to pronounce mayhap (audio) \

Definition of mayhap

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If mayhap looks to you like a relative of its synonym perhaps, you're right—the words are related. Both ultimately derive from the Middle English noun hap, meaning "chance" or "fortune." Mayhap was formed by combining the phrase "(it) may hap" into a single word (the word maybe, another synonym of mayhap and perhaps, was developed similarly from may and the verb be). Hap in the phrase is a verb essentially meaning "to happen," and the verb hap comes from the noun hap. Perhaps came about when per (meaning "through the agency of") was combined directly with the noun hap to form one word. Today, mayhap is a rare word in contrast with the very common maybe and perhaps, but it does show up occasionally.

Examples of mayhap in a Sentence

mayhap I could see you again next week? I so enjoyed our date tonight

First Known Use of mayhap

circa 1531, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mayhap

from the phrase may hap

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The first known use of mayhap was circa 1531

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“Mayhap.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mayhap. Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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