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Meaning of many by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • ( UK ) IPA: /ˈmɛnɪ/, X-SAMPA: /"mEnI/
    • ( US ) IPA: /ˈmɛni/, X-SAMPA: /"mEni/
    • Rhymes: -ɛni
    • ( Ireland ) IPA: /ˈmæni/, X-SAMPA: /"m{ni/
    • Rhymes: -æni
    • ( US ) Homophone: mini ( some dialects )
    • Hyphenation: man‧y

    Etymology 1

    From Middle English many, mani, moni, from Old English maniġ, moniġ, maneġ ( “many” ), from Proto-Germanic *managaz ( “some, much, many” ), from Proto-Indo-European *monogʰo- ( “many” ). Cognate with Scots mony ( “many” ), Eastern Frisian manich ( “some, many” ), West Frisian mannich ( “many” ), Dutch menig ( “many” ), Low German männig ( “Many” ), German manch ( “many, some” ) and mannig-, French maint ( “many” ), Russian многий ( mnógij ), Scottish Gaelic minig .


    many ( comparative more, superlative most )

    1. An indefinite large number of .
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    1. A collective mass of people .
      Democracy must balance the rights of the few against the will of the many
      A great many do not understand this .
    2. An indefinite large number of people or things .
      Many are called, but few are chosen .
    Derived terms

    Etymology 2

    From Middle English manye, *menye, from Old English manigeo, menigu ( “company, multitude, host” ), from Proto-Germanic *managō, *managīn ( “multitude” ). Cognate with Middle Low German menige, menie, menje ( “multitude” ) .


    many ( plural: manies )

    1. A multitude; a great aggregate; a mass of people; the generality; the common herd .
    2. A considerable number .



Explanation of many by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. a quantifier that can be used with count nouns and is often preceded by `as' or `too' or `so' or `that'

    2. many temptations
      the temptations are many
      a good many
      a great many
      many directions
      take as many apples as you like
      too many clouds to see
      never saw so many people

    Definition of many by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Many n. [See Meine, Mansion.] A retinue of servants; a household. [Obs.] Chaucer.

    2. Many, a. & pron. [It has no variation to express degrees of comparison; more and most, which are used for the comparative and superlative degrees, are from a different root.] [OE. mani, moni, AS. manig, mænig, monig; akin to D. menig, OS. & OHG. manag, G. manch, Dan. mange, Sw. månge, Goth. manags, OSlav. mnog', Russ. mnogii; cf. Icel. margr, Prov. E. mort. √103.] Consisting of a great number; numerous; not few.

      Thou shalt be a father of many nations. Gen. xvii. 4.

      Not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. 1 Cor. i. 26.

      ☞ Many is freely prefixed to participles, forming compounds which need no special explanation; as, many-angled, many-celled, many-eyed, many-footed, many-handed, many-leaved, many-lettered, many-named, many-peopled, many-petaled, many-seeded, many-syllabled ( polysyllabic ), many-tongued, many-voiced, many-wived, and the like. In such usage it is equivalent to multi.
      Comparison is often expressed by many with as or so. “As many as were willing hearted . . . brought bracelets.” Exod. xxxv. 22. “So many laws argue so many sins.” Milton.
      Many stands with a singular substantive with a or an.

      Many a, a large number taken distributively; each one of many. “For thy sake have I shed many a tear.” Shak. “Full many a gem of purest ray serene.” Gray. -- Many one, many a one; many persons. Bk. of Com. Prayer. -- The many, the majority; -- opposed to the few. See Many, n. -- Too many, too numerous; hence, too powerful; as, “they are too many for us”. L'Estrange.

      Syn. -- Numerous; multiplied; frequent; manifold; various; divers; sundry.

    3. Many, n. [AS. menigeo, menigo, menio, multitude; akin to G. menge, OHG. managī, menigī, Goth. managei. See Many, a.]
      1. The populace; the common people; the majority of people, or of a community.

      After him the rascal many ran. Spenser.

      2. A large or considerable number.

      A many of our bodies shall no doubt

      Find native graves. Shak.

      Seeing a great many in rich gowns. Addison.

      It will be concluded by many that he lived like an honest man. Fielding.

      ☞ In this sense, many is connected immediately with another substantive ( without of ) to show of what the many consists; as, a good many [of] people think so.

      He is liable to a great many inconveniences. Tillotson.