mayhap


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may·hap

 (mā′hăp′, mā-hăp′)
adv.
Perhaps; perchance.

[From the phrase it may hap.]

mayhap

(ˈmeɪˌhæp)
adv
an archaic word for perhaps
[C16: shortened from it may hap]

may•hap

(ˌmeɪˈhæp, ˈmeɪˌhæp)

adv.
perhaps.
[1530–40; short for it may hap]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.mayhap - by chancemayhap - by chance; "perhaps she will call tomorrow"; "we may possibly run into them at the concert"; "it may peradventure be thought that there never was such a time"

mayhap

adverb
Possibly but not certainly:
References in classic literature ?
As to the seas, they runs more in uppers in the Bay of Biscay, unless it may be in a sow-wester, when they tumble about quite handsomely; thof it’s not in the narrow sea that you are to look for a swell; just go off the Western Islands, in a westerly blow, keeping the land on your larboard hand, with the ship’s head to the south’ard, and bring to, under a close-reefed topsail; or, mayhap, a reefed foresail, with a fore-topmast-staysail and mizzen staysail to keep her up to the sea, if she will bear it; and ay there for the matter of two watches, if you want to see mountains.
There, also, is a deep pit, which, at some time, long-dead men dug out, mayhap for the stones ye speak of, such as I have heard men in Natal tell of at Kimberley.
Bid him send us straightway twentyscore yards of fair cloth of Lincoln green; and mayhap the journey may take some of the fat from off thy bones, that thou hast gotten from lazy living at our dear Sheriff's.
he whispered, "there is another minstrel near, who mayhap may play more to your liking.
You'll mayhap be making such a slip yourself some day; you'll laugh o' th' other side o' your mouth then.
But hows'ever, mayhap, ye've heard tell about the leg, and how he lost it; aye, ye have heard of that, I dare say.
Sir Launcelot will give battle to dragons, and will abide by them, and will assail them again, and yet again, and still again, until he do conquer and destroy them; and so likewise will Sir Pellinore and Sir Aglovale and Sir Carados, and mayhap others, but there be none else that will venture it, let the idle say what the idle will.
You behold another phase of his passion, a fury bejewelled with stars, mayhap bearing the crescent of the moon on its brow, shaking the last vestiges of its torn cloud-mantle in inky-black squalls, with hail and sleet descending like showers of crystals and pearls, bounding off the spars, drumming on the sails, pattering on the oilskin coats, whitening the decks of homeward-bound ships.
Her bare, red arms were thrown out above her head in positions of exhaustion, something, mayhap, like those of a sated villain.
ud mayhap take the parson to tell that, and he could only tell us i' big words.
Mayhap he had cause to be bitter against me, for his land was given to the abbey for my upbringing.
But come aboard, and mayhap he'll believe you, if he won't me; and so I'll get out of this dirty scrape.