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[mey-hap, mey-hap] /ˌmeɪˈhæp, ˈmeɪˌhæp/
adverb, Archaic.
Origin of mayhap
First recorded in 1530-40; short for it may hap Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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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


an archaic word for perhaps
Word Origin
C16: shortened from it may hap
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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