Try Our Apps
Dictionary.com

follow Dictionary.com

The Best Internet Slang

awhile

[uh-hwahyl, uh-wahyl] /əˈʰwaɪl, əˈwaɪl/
adverb
1.
for a short time or period:
Stay awhile.
Origin of awhile
1000
before 1000; Middle English; Old English āne hwīle (dative); see a1, while
Usage note
The adverb awhile is spelled as a single word: After stopping in Hadley awhile, we drove to Deerfield. As the object of a preposition, the noun phrase a while is used, especially in edited writing, but the single-word form is becoming increasingly common: We rested for a while (or awhile).
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for awhile
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • But I kept looking and after awhile I was able to sit up and ask what hit me.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • A painter friend who lives by the sea has asked me to stay with him awhile.

    Ballads of a Bohemian Robert W. Service
  • After awhile the master and mistress arrived, it seems, from a visit.

    Biography of a Slave Charles Thompson
  • The moon came up after awhile, and streamed in through the vines of the porch.

    The Little Colonel Annie Fellows Johnston
  • After awhile she got to concealing them, as if she thought they annoyed me.

    Questionable Shapes William Dean Howells
British Dictionary definitions for awhile

awhile

/əˈwaɪl/
adverb
1.
for a brief period
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for awhile
adv.

Old English ane hwile "(for) a while" (see while (n.)); usually written as one word since 13c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for awhile

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for awhile

12
12
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for awhile