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[mey-bee] /ˈmeɪ bi/
perhaps; possibly:
Maybe I'll go too.
a possibility or uncertainty.
Origin of maybe
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English may be, short for it may be Unabridged
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  • maybe he museth, but he had scarce a word to say for himself.

    The Armourer's Prentices Charlotte M. Yonge
  • By the way, if you're out of Hal's country, maybe you know Lanning, too?

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • I wonder you got the nerve to sit there now with maybe ten men trailin' you to this cabin.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • maybe the thought that the dead are lost to us was too unbearable.

    Ballads of a Bohemian Robert W. Service
  • Give her the stick, Nora, or maybe she'll slip on the big stones.

    Riders to the Sea J. M. Synge
British Dictionary definitions for maybe


  1. perhaps
  2. (as sentence modifier): maybe I'll come tomorrow
sentence substitute
possibly; neither yes nor no
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for maybe

early 15c., from (it) may be; see may (v.1) + be (v.). Still sometimes written as two words early 19c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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