[mey-hap, mey-hap]

adverb Archaic.

Origin of mayhap

First recorded in 1530–40; short for it may hap Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for mayhap

Historical Examples of mayhap

  • “Master Headley will give us work, mayhap,” said Stephen, turning to Tibble.

    The Armourer's Prentices

    Charlotte M. Yonge

  • “Yet mayhap he might do something for thee, friend Ambrose,” added the armourer.

    The Armourer's Prentices

    Charlotte M. Yonge

  • I thought that mayhap it might be as to who should have this feather-bed of thine.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • If we leave her alone, mayhap she will founder, and then how will the women be saved?

    Fair Margaret

    H. Rider Haggard

  • "Why, mayhap there is some other cold fare therein," said the Beggar slyly.

British Dictionary definitions for mayhap



an archaic word for perhaps

Word Origin for mayhap

C16: shortened from it may hap
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Word Origin and History for mayhap

1530s, from phrase (it) may hap.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper