- 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 perhapsper + haps, plural of hap
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.