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maybe

[mey-bee] /ˈmeɪ bi/
adverb
1.
perhaps; possibly:
Maybe I'll go too.
noun
2.
a possibility or uncertainty.
Origin of maybe
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English may be, short for it may be
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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

maybe

/ˈmeɪˌbiː/
adverb
1.
  1. perhaps
  2. (as sentence modifier): maybe I'll come tomorrow
sentence substitute
2.
possibly; neither yes nor no
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Word Origin and History for maybe
adv.

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

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