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[mey-hap, mey-hap] /ˌmeɪˈhæp, ˈmeɪˌhæp/
adverb, Archaic.
Origin of mayhap
1530-40; short for it may hap Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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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
  • mayhap some day I'll understand the riddle which their abject persons did represent.

    "Unto Caesar" Baroness Emmuska Orczy
  • 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
  • Had it not been for Folces and his devotion I might mayhap never have found thee.

    "Unto Caesar" Baroness Emmuska Orczy
  • 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, too, the Lady Elfrida will not set great store by it.

    Eric Brighteyes H. Rider Haggard
  • mayhap the loss of the match meant a great deal to both of them.

  • Well, so mayhap it shall be; mayhap I shall give myself to him—hating him the while.

    The World's Desire H. Rider Haggard and Andrew Lang
  • Was it not her whom I had seen watching Don Bernardino when he left my house; mayhap she had guided him to it.

  • mayhap your company will have something to say to that, Master Carver.

    The Landing of the Pilgrims Henry Fisk Carlton
British Dictionary definitions for mayhap


an archaic word for perhaps
Word Origin
C16: shortened from it may hap
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for mayhap

1530s, from phrase (it) may hap.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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