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


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