Definition and Meanings for may

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May is ranked 119 in the ranking of most used words in English

Part of Speech of may

verb, imperfect, noun

Etymology of may

as. pres. maeg i am able, pret. meahte, mihte; akin to d. mogen, g. m, ohg. mugan, magan, icel. mega, goth. magan, russ. moche. dismay, main strength, might. the old imp. mought is obsolete, except as a provincial word cf. icel. maer, goth. mawi; akin to e. maiden. root103 f. mai, l. maius; so named in honor of the goddess maia (gr. mai^a), daughter of atlas and mother of mercury by jupiter

Meaning of may


as verb, imperfect

  • an auxiliary verb qualifying the meaning of another verb,;ability, competency, or possibility; -- now oftener expressed by can.
  • liberty; permission; allowance.
  • contingency or liability; possibility or probability.
  • modesty, courtesy, or concession, or a desire to soften a question or remark.
  • desire or wish, as in prayer, imprecation, benediction, and the like.

as noun

  • a maiden.

as noun

  • the fifth month of the year, containing thirty-one days.
  • the early part or springtime of life.
  • the flowers of the hawthorn; -- so called from their time of blossoming; also, the hawthorn.
  • the merrymaking of may day.
  • No antonyms for may

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