Ma"ny (?), n. [See Meine, Mansion.]

A retinue of servants; a household.




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Ma"ny, 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, maenig, monig; akin to D. menig, OS. & OHG. manag, G. manch, Dan. mange, Sw. m�x86;nge, Goth. manags, OSlav. mnog', Russ. mnogii; cf. Icel. margr, Prov. E. mort. &root;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 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.


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


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Ma"ny, n. [AS. menigeo, menigo, menio, multitude; akin to G. menge, OHG. managi, menigi, Goth. managei. See Many, a.]


The populace; the common people; the majority of people, or of a community.

After him the rascal many ran. Spenser.


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.


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