[uh-hwahyl, uh-wahyl]


for a short time or period: Stay awhile.

Nearby words

  1. aweto,
  2. awful,
  3. awfully,
  4. awhato,
  5. awheel,
  6. awhirl,
  7. awing,
  8. awk,
  9. awkward,
  10. awkward age

Origin of awhile

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 ). Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for awhile



for a brief period
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Word Origin and History for awhile



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

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