withal[wit̸h ôl′, wit̸h-]
- in addition; besides
- despite that; notwithstanding
- Archaic with that; therewith
Origin of withalMiddle English with alle: see with and amp; all
Archaic with: used at the end of a clause or sentence
- In addition; besides: “He &ellipsis; made it clear to all that I was his friend and withal a very good guy” (Joseph Epstein).
- Despite that; nevertheless: “He was a crank and a nuisance, but withal a deeply innocent and brave man” (Arthur Miller).
- Archaic Therewith: “She needs no old woman's broomstick to fly withal!” (Nathaniel Hawthorne).
With. Used especially at the end of a question or a relative clause: “I nurs'd her daughter that you talk'd withal” (Shakespeare).
Origin of withalMiddle English : with, with; see with + al, all; see all.
- (archaic) Synonym for with, appearing at the end of a clause or sentence, after the object.
- A knife is good to cut things withal.
- (archaic) All things considered; nevertheless; besides
- Yet, withal, David was the true altruist. — Gilbert Parker, "The Weavers"
- 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 2, The Celebrity:
- Sunning himself on the board steps, I saw for the first time Mr. Farquhar Fenelon Cooke. […] A silver snaffle on a heavy leather watch guard which connected the pockets of his corduroy waistcoat, together with a huge gold stirrup in his Ascot tie, sufficiently proclaimed his tastes. […] But withal there was a perceptible acumen about the man which was puzzling in the extreme.