Maying

[mey-ing]
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noun

the celebration of May Day.

Origin of Maying

1350–1400; Middle English maiing; see May, -ing1

May

[mey]

noun

the fifth month of the year, containing 31 days.
the early part of one's life, especially the prime: a young woman in her May.
the festivities of May Day.
(lowercase) British. the hawthorn.
a female given name.
Cape, a cape at the SE tip of New Jersey, on Delaware Bay.

verb (used without object)

(lowercase) to gather flowers in the spring: when we were maying.

Origin of May

before 1050; Middle English, Old English Maius < Latin, short for Maius mēnsis Maia's month

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British Dictionary definitions for maying

Maying

noun

the traditional celebration of May Day

May

1

noun

the fifth month of the year, consisting of 31 days

Word Origin for May

from Old French, from Latin Maius, probably from Maia, Roman goddess, identified with the Greek goddess Maia

May

2

noun

Robert McCredie, Baron. born 1936, Australian biologist and ecologist

may

1

verb past might (takes an infinitive without to or an implied infinitive used as an auxiliary)

to indicate that permission is requested by or granted to someonehe may go to the park tomorrow if he behaves himself
(often foll by well) to indicate possibilitythe rope may break; he may well be a spy
to indicate ability or capacity, esp in questionsmay I help you?
to express a strong wishlong may she reign
to indicate result or purpose: used only in clauses introduced by that or so thathe writes so that the average reader may understand
another word for might 1
to express courtesy in a questionwhose child may this little girl be?
be that as it may in spite of that: a sentence connector conceding the possible truth of a previous statement and introducing an adversative clausebe that as it may, I still think he should come
come what may whatever happens
that's as may be (foll by a clause introduced by but) that may be so

Word Origin for may

Old English mæg, from magan: compare Old High German mag, Old Norse

usage

It was formerly considered correct to use may rather than can when referring to permission as in: you may use the laboratory for your experiments, but this use of may is now almost entirely restricted to polite questions such as: may I open the window? The use of may with if in constructions such as: your analysis may have been more more credible if … is generally regarded as incorrect, might being preferred: your analysis might have been more credible if

may

2

noun

an archaic word for maiden

Word Origin for may

Old English mæg; related to Old High German māg kinsman, Old Norse māgr a relative by marriage

may

3

noun

Also: may tree a Brit name for hawthorn
short for may blossom

Word Origin for may

C16: from the month of May, when it flowers

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Word Origin and History for maying
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Idioms and Phrases with maying

may

see be that as it may; come what may; let the chips fall where they may; to whom it may concern.

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