awhile[ə wīl′, -hwīl′]
- Awhile is defined as to do something for a short time or briefly.
Taking a nap is an example of resting awhile.
Origin of awhileMiddle English ; from Old English ane hwile, a while
- For some time; for a short time.
- Sit with me awhile.
Since awhile means “for a while”, it is never used with a preceding preposition, as one is already included. When preceded by a preposition, the correct form is “a while”, as two words, as in once in a while. Compare “sit with me awhile” and “sit with me for a while”.