[with-awl, with-]


with it all; as well; besides.
in spite of all; nevertheless.
Archaic. with that; therewith.


with (used after its object).

Origin of withal

1150–1200; Middle English phrase with al(le); replacing Old English mid ealle, mid eallum. See with, all
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Examples from the Web for withal

Historical Examples of withal

  • And she was so human, so full of life, so ignorant, and withal so pure in reality.

    The Dream

    Emile Zola

  • And his instinct told him withal that he must ignore her mood if he would win her from it.

    Good Indian

    B. M. Bower

  • It seemed to her the embodiment of evil, yet withal of wisdom, too.

    The Law-Breakers

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • They are fanatical because of their purity of doctrine, and withal because they live in Nejd.

    The Book of Khalid

    Ameen Rihani

  • And withal Mathieu was not yet sixty, and Marianne not yet fifty-seven.


    Emile Zola

British Dictionary definitions for withal



literary as well; likewise
literary nevertheless
archaic therewith


(postpositive) an archaic word for with

Word Origin for withal

C12: from with + all
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Word Origin and History for withal

"in addition," late 14c., from Middle English with alle (c.1200), superseding Old English mid ealle "wholly" (see with).

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