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mayhap

[mey-hap, mey-hap] /ˌmeɪˈhæp, ˈmeɪˌhæp/
adverb, Archaic.
1.
Origin of mayhap
1530-1540
First recorded in 1530-40; short for it may hap
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Examples from the Web for mayhap
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  • “Master Headley will give us work, mayhap,” said Stephen, turning to Tibble.

    The Armourer's Prentices Charlotte M. Yonge
  • “Yet mayhap he might do something for thee, friend Ambrose,” added the armourer.

    The Armourer's Prentices Charlotte M. Yonge
  • I thought that mayhap it might be as to who should have this feather-bed of thine.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • If we leave her alone, mayhap she will founder, and then how will the women be saved?

    Fair Margaret H. Rider Haggard
  • "Why, mayhap there is some other cold fare therein," said the Beggar slyly.

  • "mayhap I am," said the blacksmith, significantly shaking his head.

  • mayhap you think it's you're pint of half-and-half as keeps us all out of the union.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine
  • "His wits, mayhap," quoth Canaples with a contemptuous shrug.

    The Suitors of Yvonne Raphael Sabatini
  • mayhap, too, the sense of peril itself has its share in the attraction.

  • I will see her to-night with my own eyes, and mayhap be able to read her aright.'

    Gerald Fitzgerald Charles James Lever
British Dictionary definitions for mayhap

mayhap

/ˈmeɪˌhæp/
adverb
1.
an archaic word for perhaps
Word Origin
C16: shortened from it may hap
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Word Origin and History for mayhap

1530s, from phrase (it) may hap.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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