- constituting or forming a large number; numerous: many people.
- noting each one of a large number (usually followed by a or an): For many a day it rained.
- a large or considerable number of persons or things: A good many of the beggars were blind.
- the many, the greater part of humankind.
- many persons or things: Many of the beggars were blind. Many were unable to attend.
Origin of many
SynonymsSee more synonyms for many on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for many
Like many trans users, Transartist often gets used as a source of information more than anything else.
But he, like many people using dating apps whatever their sexual identity, remains stoutly positive.
Like many Americans—but few Republican presidential candidates—the former Florida governor has evolved on the issue.Jeb Bush’s Unseen Anti-Gay Marriage Emails
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In an email exchange a friend said many had repeated this same succinct review but they could never elaborate.‘Empire’ Review: Hip-Hop Musical Chairs with an Insane Soap Opera Twist
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For many years afterward it was a never-ending topic of conversation, and is more or less talked of even to this day.New York’s Most Tragic Ghost Loves Minimalist Swedish Fashion
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She left me more composed and happy than I have been for many days.
Many other things I saw and heard, but was forbidden to relate.
I have another favour to ask, in addition to the many claims you already have upon me.
The virtuous Melissa parted from them with many blessings and tears.
He never could find out what was "going on" to bring so many folks into town.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
- (sometimes preceded by a great or a good)
- a large number ofmany coaches; many times
- (as pronoun; functioning as plural)many are seated already
- (foll by a, an, or another, and a singular noun) each of a considerable number ofmany a man
- (preceded by as, too, that, etc)
- a great number ofas many apples as you like; too many clouds to see
- (as pronoun; functioning as plural)I have as many as you
- the many the majority of mankind, esp the common peoplethe many are kept in ignorance while the few prosper Compare few (def. 7)
Word Origin and History for many
Old English monig, manig "many, many a, much," from Proto-Germanic *managaz (cf. Old Saxon manag, Swedish mången, Old Frisian manich, Dutch menig, Old High German manag, German manch, Gothic manags), from PIE *menegh- "copious" (cf. Old Church Slavonic munogu "much, many," Old Irish menicc, Welsh mynych "frequent," Old Irish magham "gift"). Pronunciation altered by influence of any (see manifold).
Old English menigu, from many (adj.). The many "the multitude" attested from 1520s. Cf. also Gothic managei "multitude, crowd," Old High German managi "large number, plurality," German Menge "multitude."
Idioms and Phrases with many
In addition to the idioms beginning with many
- many a
- many hands make light work
- many happy returns
- many is the
- as many
- good (great) many
- in so many words
- irons in the fire, too many
- so many
- too many cooks spoil the broth