from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adv. Maybe; possibly.
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- 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
I will leave you, Sir, I will fly; there will be enough other children to comfort you in your old age, since my mother lays three times a year; I will go far away and hide my misery from you, and perhaps, I added sobbing, perhaps I shall find, in our neighbors garden or in the gutters, some worms or spiders wherewith to support my sad existence.
Here is my duty to Altamaha plain before me; perhaps they ll let me help settle the Negro problems there, perhaps they wont.
“I might perhaps go to Leipsic while you are in Constance, -- _perhaps_.”
That action completely disarms us and perhaps -- I only say _perhaps_ -- justifies you, in a measure, in the stupendous demand which you are now making.
Perhaps they were worshipers of the Sun; and perhaps, amid all their misery, oh, _perhaps, _ some ray of truth from the great Father of Lights may have streamed into those darkened souls!
'that a man of my order -- sincerity, perhaps genius [in the Journal a private note is here inserted, "not _perhaps_"], is not employed.
But perhaps -- _perhaps_ -- I shall let you off lightly if you tell us where the Banshee lives. "
And perhaps it would have been a good fing; _perhaps_ Grandmamma would have told Cook not to send up quite so much, and ---- "
Overseas aidThe indefatigable Scottish though born in Brighton full-back Russell Martin is called the Norfolk Cafu, a nickname perhaps as laden with irony as Ray "the Romford Pelé" Parlour's.
Literature: a name perhaps invented by Shakespeare for a character in his play The Merchant of Venice.