adverb \ə-ˈhwī(-ə)l, ə-ˈwī(-ə)l\

: for a while : for a short time

Full Definition of AWHILE

:  for a while

Usage Discussion of AWHILE

Although considered a solecism by many commentators, awhile, like several other adverbs of time and place, is often used as the object of a preposition <for awhile there is a silence — Lord Dunsany>.

Examples of AWHILE

  1. I'm going to sit and rest awhile.
  2. The rumor had been around awhile.

First Known Use of AWHILE

before 12th century
AWHILE Defined for Kids


adverb \ə-ˈhwīl, ə-ˈwīl\

Definition of AWHILE for Kids

:  for a while :  for a short time <Sit down and rest awhile.>


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