Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The celebration of May Day, especially by the gathering of spring flowers.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The celebrations traditionally held to celebrate May Day.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The celebrating of May Day.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The observance of May-day, and the sports and games indulged in on that occasion.

Etymologies

From May +‎ -ing, or may (“celebrate May Day festivities”) +‎ -ing. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The company gathered as blithely as if they were going maying, and certainly so bright a morning invited to so pleasant a pastime.

    His Disposition

  • Nice to see the Obama campaign maying attention to MO again.

    Planned Parenthood Ad Blasts Palin For Rape-Kit Policies

  • He goes well beyond maying a prediction based on past data.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » A Bet for Climate Skeptics:

  • Of the girls who went "a-maying," Stubbs in his 1585 Anatomie of Abuses says, "scarcely a thirde parte of them returned home againe undefiled."

    Archive 2009-05-01

  • Democratic presidential hopeful Senator Hillary Clinton touted family planning programs during her husband's administration for a steady decrease in the teen birth rate, adding, "Under President Bush's leadership, we maying falling off track."

    CNN Transcript Dec 6, 2007

  • What's so maying about the people of this church, including Tim, his wife, Natalie -- got to go through the list of the great kids we have here.

    CNN Transcript Oct 28, 2007

  • The backwater wackos are easier to understand- but the show maybe made me understand just a tiny bit why Boss Woman would let her husband maying try another.

    Big Love and other TV Notes

  • “In and out and round about, a-maying, a-maying ....”

    Between the Acts

  • His wife comely as a girl, hair down and beribboned, partlet lost—as if out maying.

    Tempted by Your Touch

  • The following months are generally illustrated by scenes of agricultural labor: plowing, sowing, and pruning fill the days, until May brings a respite, with maying, falconry, and marriages.

    Savoring The Past

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  • American Heritage Dictionary:
    n. The celebration of May Day, especially by the gathering of spring flowers.

    January 26, 2008