from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adv. Maybe; possibly.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adv. Modifies a verb, indicating a lack of certainty.
- adv. By chance.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adv. By chance; peradventure; perchance; it may be.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- It may be; possibly; peradventure; perchance.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adv. by chance
From Middle English perhap : per, by (from Latin; see per) + hap, chance; see hap.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Alteration (via plural -s or adverbial -s) of earlier perhap, equivalent to per + hap (“chance, coincidence”). (Wiktionary)