mayest thou enjoy these advantages for thy own repose and for that of the human race!
May not thy mainstays be snapped; mayest thou not run aground.
Good morning, Robin Redbreast; and where mayest thou be going so early on this cold winter's day?
And mayest thou be ever fed with wood as the prescription orders.
A Tuscan,” said he; “and they mayest prove me when thou wilt, for thou shalt be my prisoner ere we part.
O Truth, now mayest Thou sit down on the judgment-seat and bring against me what Thou wilt.
Thou art young, and mayest be ambitious of effacing the disgrace or misfortune of thy first chivalry.
When thou doest acts of injustice thou becomest the second of these three, and if these be merciful thou also mayest be merciful.
May not the wave seize thee; mayest thou not taste the impurities of the river; mayest thou not see the face of fear.
And mayest thou enjoy that happiness in this world, which thou hast robbed me of; as thou hast of every friend I have in it!
Old English mæg "am able" (infinitive magan, past tense meahte, mihte), from Proto-Germanic root *mag-, infinitive *maganan (Old Frisian mei/muga/machte "have power, may;" Old Saxon mag/mugan/mahte; Middle Dutch mach/moghen/mohte; Dutch mag/mogen/mocht; Old High German mag/magan/mahta; German mag/mögen/mochte; Old Norse ma/mega/matte; Gothic mag/magan/mahte "to be able"), from PIE *magh- (1) "to be able, have power" (cf. Greek mekhos, makhos "means, instrument," Old Church Slavonic mogo "to be able," mosti "power, force," Sanskrit mahan "great"). Also used in Old English as a "auxiliary of prediction."
"to take part in May Day festivities," late 15c., from May. Related: Mayed; maying.
fifth month, early 12c., from Old French mai and directly from Latin Majus, Maius mensis "month of May," possibly from Maja, Maia, a Roman earth goddess (wife of Vulcan) whose name is of unknown origin; possibly from PIE *mag-ya "she who is great," fem. suffixed form of root *meg- "great" (cognate with Latin magnus). Replaced Old English þrimilce, month in which cows can be milked three times a day. May marriages have been considered unlucky at least since Ovid's day. May-apple attested from 1733, American English.