[pahrt-wey, -wey]


at or to a part of the way or distance: Shall I walk you partway? I'm already partway home.
in some degree or part; partly; partially: hopes that were only partway realized.

Origin of partway

First recorded in 1855–60; part + way1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for part-way

Historical Examples of part-way

  • It was part-way toward the center of the sky when the journey began.

    The Forgotten Planet

    Murray Leinster

  • Before he had finished Churchill was part-way up the stairs.

    Fighting in Flanders

    E. Alexander Powell

  • It was part-way open and the round good-natured face of Tom Barnum, filled now with anxiety, was framed in the opening.

  • Half-way following, part-way following, has become very common in some of the other parts of the world, where we don't live.

  • This second quarry was part-way up a hill; or rather, it was a hill of granite which men were digging out and carrying away.

    Diggers in the Earth

    Eva March Tappan

British Dictionary definitions for part-way



some of the way; partlyI stopped reading partway through the chapter
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