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[suhm-hwahyl, -wahyl]
adverb Archaic.
  1. at some former time.
  2. at one time or another; sometime.
  3. at times; sometimes.
  4. for some time.
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Origin of somewhile

Middle English word dating back to 1125–75; see origin at some, while
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Examples from the Web for somewhile

Historical Examples of somewhile

  • After that they steered east to Osel, and lay there somewhile under a ness.

    The story of Burnt Njal


  • Somewhile later came King Svein to the encounter with the Danish host, and to him was a tale of three hundred ships.

  • Somewhile after I was called to Prestongrange, where he was sitting in his bedgown and nightcap, with his letters around him.

    David Balfour, Second Part

    Robert Louis Stevenson

  • She had somewhile suffered with a weak Heart, and this sudden and extreme cold paralysed what vitality it had.

  • Somewhile before dawn the rain ceased, the sky brightened, and here and there a star showed.

Word Origin and History for somewhile


mid-12c., from some + while.

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