1. [syn: many a(a), many an(a), many another(a)]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Many \Ma"ny\, a. & pron.
Note: [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, m[ae]nig, monig; akin to D.
menig, OS. & OHG. manag, G. manch, Dan. mange, Sw.
m[*a]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.
Not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not
many noble, are called. --1 Cor. i.
Note: 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
Too many, too numerous; hence, too powerful; as, they are
too many for us. --L'Estrange.
Syn: Numerous; multiplied; frequent; manifold; various;
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: each of a large indefinite number; "many a man"; "many
another day will come" [syn: many a(a), many an(a),