Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. Archaic Probably; perhaps.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To make like; simulate.
  • v. To be like; resemble.
  • v. To be pleasing to; please.
  • v. To like; be pleased with.
  • n. An object of affection or liking.
  • adv. Likely, probably, perhaps.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. It is likely or probably; perhaps.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Perhaps; probably.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. with considerable certainty; without much doubt

Etymologies

Probably be- (from by1) + like2, what is likely.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English beliken ("to simulate, feign"), equivalent to be- +‎ like. (Wiktionary)
From be- +‎ like. (Wiktionary)
From be- +‎ like. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It teacheth the tongue ill speaking, and my word belike was such.

    The Story of Sigurd the Volsung

  • (calling belike upon the Lord,) and so the Prince immediately commanded to take away the tun and quench the fire.

    Henry of Monmouth, Volume 2 Memoirs of Henry the Fifth

  • There arose in that narrow, iron-sided gorge a havoc such as belike surpassed that of the original breaking through of the waters.

    The Sagebrusher A Story of the West

  • But it was the face, cast belike in copper bronze, which caught and held Mrs. Sayther's fleeting glance.

    THE GREAT INTERROGATION

  • To himself he added, "An 'belike, if Satan takes his eye off his own, I'll put it to that young cub iv his."

    CHAPTER 16

  • He'll break your travelin 'light, him a carryin' the outfit and a big buck deer belike.

    Chapter II

  • An 'have ye niver drifted along, the water clear as glass, whin suddin, belike a cloud over the sun, the mushy-ice comes bubblin' up an 'up till from bank to bank an' bind to bind it's drapin 'the river like a first snowfall?'

    The Men of Forty Mile

  • If thou goest to him, and say Ilderim sent thee, will he not be glad of such a fine sturdy trooper - ye may touch the hilt, and eat the salt, and belike he'll forget the assami* (* In this sense, a deposit paid by a recruit on enlistment.) for my sake.

    Fiancée

  • "If she wishes you to know, belike she'll tell you," I growled, and squatted down in the archway.

    Fiancée

  • Or will it belike the I.R.S. who collects massive amounts of fines and penalties against many Americans forthe U.S.

    Are State Tax Reductions Included In ObamaCare?

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