An indefinite large number of.
- 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 of
to read ten books in as many days
- to be more, stronger, etc. than someone can defeat or successfully deal with
Other Word Forms of Many
Origin of Many
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").
Middle English from Old English manig menegh- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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