maybe

[ mey-bee ]
/ ˈmeɪ bi /

adverb

perhaps; possibly: Maybe I'll go too.

noun

a possibility or uncertainty.

Nearby words

  1. mayagüez,
  2. mayakovski,
  3. mayakovsky, vladimir vladimirovich,
  4. mayan,
  5. mayas,
  6. maybeck,
  7. maybeck, bernard,
  8. maybird,
  9. mayday,
  10. mayence

Origin of maybe

1375–1425; late Middle English may be, short for it may be

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British Dictionary definitions for maybe

maybe

/ (ˈmeɪˌbiː) /

adverb

  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

maybe

adv.

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

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