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. Comparison is often expressed by many with as or so. As many as were willing hearted . . . Brought bracelets. . So many laws argue so many sins. 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. . Full many a gem of purest ray serene. . Many one, many a one; many persons. The many, the majority; opposed to the few. See many, Too many, too numerous; hence, too powerful; as, they are too many for us.
Origin: 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.