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

[From the phrase it may hap.]


an archaic word for perhaps
[C16: shortened from it may hap]


(ˌmeɪˈhæp, ˈmeɪˌhæp)

[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"


Possibly but not certainly:
References in classic literature ?
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.
But come aboard, and mayhap he'll believe you, if he won't me; and so I'll get out of this dirty scrape.
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.
Peggotty, 'I am as rough as a Sea Porkypine; but no one, unless, mayhap, it is a woman, can know, I think, what our little Em'ly is to me.
But he called at every house, a'most, in the village; there's somebody else, mayhap, saw 'em in his ears, though I can't take upon me rightly to say.
Thus, my father, for the third and last time did my eyes see the Inkosazana-y-Zulu, or mayhap my heart dreamed that I saw her.
Doctor, when a man's steering as near the wind as me-- playing chuck-farthing with the last breath in his body, like--you wouldn't think it too much, mayhap, to give him one good word?
For there are others older and mayhap more skilled than I.
Together the two walked to where Korak lay, his eyes wide with wonder and filled with a pathetic appeal for forgiveness, and, mayhap, a glad thankfulness for the miracle that had brought these two of all others to his side.
If we are wrecked, mayhap this bottle may be found, and those who find it may understand.
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.
You'll mayhap be making such a slip yourself some day; you'll laugh o' th' other side o' your mouth then.