afterwhile

adverb
af·​ter·​while | \ ˈaf-tər-ˌ(h)wī(-ə)l \

Definition of afterwhile

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: after a while : by and by : later on

afterwhile

noun
af·​ter·​while | \ ˈaf-tər-ˌ(h)wī(-ə)l \

Definition of afterwhile (Entry 2 of 2)

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First Known Use of afterwhile

Adverb

1834, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1868, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for afterwhile

Adverb

contraction of after a while

Noun

after- + while entry 1

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“Afterwhile.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/afterwhile. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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