adjective a quantifier that can be used with count nouns and is often preceded by `as' or `too' or `so' or `that'; amounting to a large but indefinite number
the temptations are many
a good many
a great many
take as many apples as you like
too many clouds to see
never saw so many people
See Meine, Mansion.
A retinue of servants; a household. Obs.
Ma"ny adjective ∨ pronoun
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.
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.L'Estrange.Syn. -- Numerous; multiplied; frequent; manifold; various; divers; sundry.
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.
A large or considerable number.
A many of our bodies shall no doubt
Find native graves.
Seeing a great many in rich gowns.
It will be concluded by manythat he lived like an honest man.
✍ 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.