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mayhap

[mey-hap, mey-hap] /ˌmeɪˈhæp, ˈmeɪˌhæp/
adverb, Archaic.
1.
Origin of mayhap
1530-1540
1530-40; short for it may hap
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  • And then mayhap you'll tell me if your Pitt was ever half so eloquent.

    The Bronze Eagle Emmuska Orczy, Baroness Orczy
  • “Yet mayhap he might do something for thee, friend Ambrose,” added the armourer.

    The Armourer's Prentices Charlotte M. Yonge
  • Then mayhap he lost consciousness for I heard not a sound, and the whole city lay still in the hush of the noonday sleep.

    "Unto Caesar" Baroness Emmuska Orczy
  • "Why, mayhap there is some other cold fare therein," said the Beggar slyly.

  • Had I told the story to my new Colonel, I should mayhap only have been scouted as a liar or a madman.

    The Argosy Various
  • mayhap you think it's you're pint of half-and-half as keeps us all out of the union.

    A Son of Hagar Sir Hall Caine
  • mayhap the loss of the match meant a great deal to both of them.

  • mayhap, too, the sense of peril itself has its share in the attraction.

  • Was it not her whom I had seen watching Don Bernardino when he left my house; mayhap she had guided him to it.

  • "I have told you enough already; too much, mayhap," said he, doggedly.

    Davenport Dunn, Volume 2 (of 2) Charles James Lever
British Dictionary definitions for mayhap

mayhap

/ˈmeɪˌhæp/
adverb
1.
an archaic word for perhaps
Word Origin
C16: shortened from it may hap
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Word Origin and History for mayhap

1530s, from phrase (it) may hap.

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