mayhap

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

Definition of mayhap

Keep scrolling for more

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.

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about mayhap

Listen to Our Podcast about mayhap

Statistics for mayhap

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for mayhap

The first known use of mayhap was circa 1531

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on mayhap

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with mayhap

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for mayhap

Comments on mayhap

What made you want to look up mayhap? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to form ideas or theories about something

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!