withal

1 of 2

adverb

1
: together with this : besides
a supporter of all constructive work and withal an excellent businessmanA. W. Long
2
archaic : therewith sense 1
3
: on the other hand : nevertheless

withal

2 of 2

preposition

archaic
: with
used postpositively with a relative or interrogative pronoun as object

Examples of withal in a Sentence

Adverb a successful businessman and withal a major contributor to local charities a homely face that was withal rather compelling

Word History

Etymology

Adverb

Middle English, from with + all, al all

First Known Use

Adverb

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Preposition

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of withal was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Withal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/withal. Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

withal

adverb
with·​al
wit͟h-ˈȯl,
with-
1
: together with this : besides
2
: on the other hand : nevertheless
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