American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The celebration of May Day, especially by the gathering of spring flowers.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The observance of May-day, and the sports and games indulged in on that occasion.
- n. The celebrations traditionally held to celebrate May Day.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The celebrating of May Day.
- From May + -ing, or may (“celebrate May Day festivities”) + -ing. (Wiktionary)
“The company gathered as blithely as if they were going maying, and certainly so bright a morning invited to so pleasant a pastime.”
“Nice to see the Obama campaign maying attention to MO again.”
“He goes well beyond maying a prediction based on past data.”
“Of the girls who went "a-maying," Stubbs in his 1585 Anatomie of Abuses says, "scarcely a thirde parte of them returned home againe undefiled.”
“Democratic presidential hopeful Senator Hillary Clinton touted family planning programs during her husband's administration for a steady decrease in the teen birth rate, adding, "Under President Bush's leadership, we maying falling off track.”
“What's so maying about the people of this church, including Tim, his wife, Natalie -- got to go through the list of the great kids we have here.”
“The backwater wackos are easier to understand- but the show maybe made me understand just a tiny bit why Boss Woman would let her husband maying try another.”
““In and out and round about, a-maying, a-maying ....””
“His wife comely as a girl, hair down and beribboned, partlet lost—as if out maying.”
“The following months are generally illustrated by scenes of agricultural labor: plowing, sowing, and pruning fill the days, until May brings a respite, with maying, falconry, and marriages.”
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