- While is defined as during or in a certain time.
An example of while is cookies baking during the same time that caramel is being made on the stove top.
- While means a period of time.
An example of while is how long a person has to wait for to see the doctor.
Origin of whileMiddle English ; from Old English hwil, akin to German weile ; from Indo-European base an unverified form kweye-, to rest from source Classical Latin quies, quiet
- during or throughout the time that: we waited while she dined
- at the same time that: while you're up, close the door
- although on the one hand: while he was not poor, he had no ready cash
- whereas; and on the other hand: the walls are green, while the ceiling is white
- North Eng., Archaic until
worth someone's while
- A period of time: stay for a while; sang all the while. See Usage Note at awhile.
- The time, effort, or trouble taken in doing something: The project wasn't worth my while.
- As long as; during the time that: It was lovely while it lasted.
- In spite of the fact that; although: While that guitar may look nice, it's not a very good instrument.
- But; however: The soles are leather, while the uppers are canvas.
transitive verbwhiled whiled, whil·ing, whiles
Origin of whileMiddle English, from Old English hwīl; see kwei&schwa;- in Indo-European roots.
- An uncertain duration of time, a period of time.
- He lectured for quite a long while.
(third-person singular simple present whiles, present participle whiling, simple past and past participle whiled)