Etymology
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always (adv.)

mid-14c., contraction of Old English phrase ealne weg "all the time; quite, perpetually," literally "all the way," with accusative of space or distance, though the oldest recorded usages refer to time; see all + way (n.). The adverbial genitive -s appeared early 13c., was rare before c. 1400, but is now standard, though the variant alway survived, archaic, into the 1800s for the sake of poetry (as in "I Would Not Live Alway"). Meaning "every time" is from early 13c.

updated on September 18, 2022

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