[ mey-hap, mey-hap ]
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Origin of mayhap

First recorded in 1530–40; short for it may hap

Words Nearby mayhap Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use mayhap in a sentence

  • And then mayhap you'll tell me if your Pitt was ever half so eloquent.

    The Bronze Eagle | Emmuska Orczy, Baroness Orczy
  • And you little maiden, take an old man's warning, and look before you leap, as mayhap I and Jowler may not be anigh next time.

  • If ye'd listened to yer London doctor at first, mayhap ye wouldn't have had to travel from Euston in an invalid's carriage.

    The Regent | E. Arnold Bennett
  • Why now this one here, as does all his larning to satisfaction just now, mayhap won't do nothing at all by an hour or two.

    Camilla | Fanny Burney
  • There is a place where the Prince says, "Fathers be alike, mayhap; mine hath not a doll's temper."

British Dictionary definitions for mayhap


/ (ˈmeɪˌhæp) /

  1. an archaic word for perhaps

Origin of mayhap

C16: shortened from it may hap

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