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[mey-bee] /ˈmeɪ bi/
perhaps; possibly:
Maybe I'll go too.
a possibility or uncertainty.
Origin of maybe
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English may be, short for it may be Unabridged
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Examples from the web for maybe
  • Some connections used to cut it four to one, maybe five to one.
  • Kool-Aid pickles violate tradition, maybe even propriety.
  • Babies groove to a beat — maybe even before birth.
  • That'll go on for a whole game or maybe a series or even most of a season.
  • Then again, maybe you could.
  • maybe, just maybe, those 32 players will try other game modes.
  • Well, maybe I do.
  • And maybe there was in his work a sort of nostalgia for the youth he never really had.
  • All those cookies and candies and maybe a glass or two of eggnog.
  • Hey, maybe he really is funny but too shy to show it.
British Dictionary definitions for maybe


  1. perhaps
  2. (as sentence modifier): maybe I'll come tomorrow
sentence substitute
possibly; neither yes nor no
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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