Definition of mayhap
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Examples of mayhap in a sentence
mayhap I could see you again next week? I so enjoyed our date tonight
Did You Know?
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. "Hap" here is a verb essentially meaning "happen" (the word maybe, another synonym of "mayhap" and "perhaps," was developed similarly from "may" and the verb "be"), 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.
Origin and Etymology of mayhap
from the phrase may hap
First Known Use: circa 1531
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