vielleicht

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle High German vil līchte (very easily), thus: “what could easily happen”. Compare the same in Dutch wellicht.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adverb[edit]

vielleicht

  1. perhaps, maybe
    Vielleicht hat er einen Unfall gehabt.
    Maybe he’s had an accident.
  2. frequently replaces bitte (please) in polite questions
    Könnten Sie vielleicht das Fenster aufmachen?
    Could you please open the window?
    In the past (<= ~1985) this had been more polite in than: Könnten Sie bitte das Fenster aufmachen?)
  3. (colloquial) expresses amazement or excitement, particularly at something negative
    Das is’ vielleicht ’ne Geldverschwendung da!
    Now, that’s some waste of money!

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