maybe

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Etymology[edit]

From an ellipsis of it may be, equivalent to may +‎ be. Compare mayhap.

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Adverb[edit]

maybe (not comparable)

  1. Modifies a verb, indicating a lack of certainty.
  2. (as a pro-sentence) perhaps that is true (expressing no commitment to a decision or a neutral viewpoint to a statement)

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  • Do not confuse maybe with may be: "Maybe that's true", but "That may be true"

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Adjective[edit]

maybe (comparative more maybe, superlative most maybe)

  1. Possible; uncertain.
    Then add those may-be years thou hast to live ― Dryden.

Noun[edit]

maybe (plural maybes)

  1. (informal) Something that is possibly true.
  2. (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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