perhaps; possibly: Maybe I'll go too.


a possibility or uncertainty.

Origin of maybe

1375–1425; late Middle English may be, short for it may be Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of maybe

Historical Examples of maybe

  • Maybe he museth, but he had scarce a word to say for himself.

    The Armourer's Prentices

    Charlotte M. Yonge

  • I wonder you got the nerve to sit there now with maybe ten men trailin' you to this cabin.

  • By the way, if you're out of Hal's country, maybe you know Lanning, too?

  • Maybe the thought that the dead are lost to us was too unbearable.

    Ballads of a Bohemian

    Robert W. Service

  • Maybe yourself and Eamon would make a coffin when the sun rises.

British Dictionary definitions for maybe



  1. perhaps
  2. (as sentence modifier)maybe I'll come tomorrow

sentence substitute

possibly; neither yes nor no
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Word Origin and History for maybe

early 15c., from (it) may be; see may (v.1) + be (v.). Still sometimes written as two words early 19c.

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