A good many of the workers had the flu.
Many a child; many another day.
An example of many is the number of civilians killed in the war in Iraq.
Many people enjoy playing chess; there are many different ways to cook a meal.
- The same number of:Moved three times in as many years.
- a relatively large number (of persons or things)
- an extremely large number (of persons or things)
- the same number ofTo read ten books in as many days.
- to be more, stronger, etc. than someone can defeat or successfully deal with
- to become somewhat drunk
- a finite but unspecified number ofWorks so many hours a week.
- some number of or the same number ofActing like so many children.
- the majority of people
- the masses
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Origin of many
- Middle English from Old English manig menegh- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- The noun is from Middle English manye, *menye, from Old English manigeo, menigu (“company, multitude, host"), from Proto-Germanic *managō, *managį̄ (“multitude"), from the same root as the determiner. Cognate with Middle Low German menige, menie, menje (“multitude").