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maybe Syllabification: may·be
Pronunciation: /ˈmābē/

Definition of maybe in English:


Perhaps; possibly: maybe I won’t go back maybe she’d been wrong to accept this job
More example sentences
  • If we manage to beat them in the league this year, well, maybe we will win the league.
  • We were at Kempton when he won the King George and we just thought that maybe this was going to be his day.
  • Last season we thought we were good enough to win the title, but maybe not mature enough.
perhaps, possibly, conceivably, it could be (that), it is possible (that), for all one knows


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A mere possibility or probability: no ifs, buts, or maybes
More example sentences
  • In place of concrete evidence and facts, it substitutes possibilities, intentions and maybes.
  • ‘We've a confidential list of probables, possibles and maybes in terms of medals,’ she confides.
  • Now, there's no ifs, buts and maybes about that.


Late Middle English: from the phrase it may be (that).

Words that rhyme with maybe

Achebe, baby

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