[per-haps] /pərˈhæps/

maybe; possibly:
Perhaps the package will arrive today.
/pəˈhæps; informal præps/

sentence substitute
it may happen, be so, etc; maybe

1520s, formed from Middle English per, par “by, through” (see per-) + plural of hap “chance” (see happen), on model of peradventure, perchance, etc. which now have been superseded by this word. Perhappons “possibly, by chance” is recorded from late 15c.


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