Etymology
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awhile (adv.)

"for a space of time," Old English ane hwile "(for) a while" (see while (n.)); usually written as one word since 13c.

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Definitions of awhile

awhile (adv.)
for a short time;
sit down and stay awhile
they settled awhile in Virginia before moving West
Synonyms: for a while
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