Origin of perhapsper + haps, plural of hap
- When someone asks if you are going to attend a party and you are not yet sure, this is an example of a time when you might say "perhaps I will go."
- When you want to politely suggest to someone that they change their shirt, this is an example of a time when you might say "perhaps you would like to change your shirt."
Perhaps is defined as possibly or maybe, or as a polite way to give advice or make a suggestion.
Origin of perhapsFrom Middle English perhap per by ( from Latin; see per . ) hap chance ; see hap .
- Modifies a verb, indicating a lack of certainty.
- Perhaps John will come over for dinner.
- (rare) By chance.
- Perhaps it was a foolish thing to do.
- Perhaps we could help you to work it out.
- But perhaps they may do it!
- Perhaps I'll move further east and see if the plucking is better when the weather is cooler.
- Perhaps he will do well with you.