Maybe meaning

mā'bē
Maybe is defined as possibly or perhaps.

An example of maybe used as an adverb is stating what someone might do; "She will maybe go to the pool tomorrow."

adverb
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An uncertainty.

There are so many maybes involved in playing the stock market.

noun
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Perhaps; possibly.
adverb
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Used to indicate uncertainty or possibility.

We should maybe take a different route. Maybe it won't rain.

adverb
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An uncertain reply.

It's better to receive a fast and honest no than a drawn-out maybe.

noun
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Modifies a verb, indicating a lack of certainty.
adverb
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(as a pro-sentence) Perhaps that is true (expressing no commitment to a decision or a neutral viewpoint to a statement)
adverb
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Then add those may-be years thou hast to live "• Dryden.

adjective
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(informal) Something that is possibly true.
noun
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(informal) An answer that shows neither agreement nor disagreement.

The results of the poll were inconclusive. We got two yeses, three nos, and four maybes.

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Origin of maybe

  • From an ellipsis of it may be, equivalent to may +"Ž be. Compare mayhap.
    From Wiktionary