- Awhile is defined as to do something for a short time or briefly.
Taking a nap is an example of resting awhile.
awhile definition by Webster's New World
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for a while; for a short time
Origin: Middle English ; from Old English ane hwile, a while
awhile definition by American Heritage Dictionary
For a short time.Usage Note: Awhile, an adverb, is never preceded by a preposition such as for, but the two-word form a while may be preceded by a preposition. In writing, each of the following is acceptable: stay awhile; stay for a while; stay a while (but not stay for awhile).