- perhaps; possibly: Maybe I'll go too.
- a possibility or uncertainty.
Origin of maybe
1375–1425; late Middle English may be, short for it may be
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Examples from the Web for maybe
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I was out, maybe in the Great Barrier Reef catching black marlin.
Who knew that “we shall overcome” meant “we, the few, shall book covers every decade or so, maybe, sometimes, if we are in style.”One Vogue Cover Doesn’t Solve Fashion’s Big Race Problem
January 2, 2015
Maybe he museth, but he had scarce a word to say for himself.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
I wonder you got the nerve to sit there now with maybe ten men trailin' you to this cabin.
By the way, if you're out of Hal's country, maybe you know Lanning, too?
Maybe the thought that the dead are lost to us was too unbearable.Ballads of a Bohemian
Robert W. Service
Maybe yourself and Eamon would make a coffin when the sun rises.Riders to the Sea
J. M. Synge
- (as sentence modifier)maybe I'll come tomorrow
- possibly; neither yes nor no
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Word Origin and History for maybe
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