- the celebration of May Day.
Origin of Maying
- the fifth month of the year, containing 31 days.
- the early part of one's life, especially the prime: a young woman in her May.
- the festivities of May Day.
- (lowercase) British. the hawthorn.
- a female given name.
- Cape, a cape at the SE tip of New Jersey, on Delaware Bay.
- (lowercase) to gather flowers in the spring: when we were maying.
Origin of May
Examples from the Web for maying
But shall I find in any society such an unmeasured freedom of maying?The Ego and His Own
I know you'll like 'Now is the month of maying' and 'The trees all budding'.A Pair of Schoolgirls
But then it occurred to me how very seldom one did meet a Quaker nowadays except in the "month of Maying."Mystic London:
Charles Maurice Davies
But it takes a great deal to discourage children from going "Maying."Small Means and Great Ends
Edited by Mrs. M. H. Adams
It calms the mind to listen to your wife's niece singing, "Oh, that we two were Maying!"My Lady Nicotine
J. M. Barrie
- the traditional celebration of May Day
- the fifth month of the year, consisting of 31 days
- Robert McCredie, Baron. born 1936, Australian biologist and ecologist
- to indicate that permission is requested by or granted to someonehe may go to the park tomorrow if he behaves himself
- (often foll by well) to indicate possibilitythe rope may break; he may well be a spy
- to indicate ability or capacity, esp in questionsmay I help you?
- to express a strong wishlong may she reign
- to indicate result or purpose: used only in clauses introduced by that or so thathe writes so that the average reader may understand
- another word for might 1
- to express courtesy in a questionwhose child may this little girl be?
- be that as it may in spite of that: a sentence connector conceding the possible truth of a previous statement and introducing an adversative clausebe that as it may, I still think he should come
- come what may whatever happens
- that's as may be (foll by a clause introduced by but) that may be so
- an archaic word for maiden
Word Origin and History for maying
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."
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.
"to take part in May Day festivities," late 15c., from May. Related: Mayed; maying.