awhile [uh-hwahyl, uh-wahyl] Show IPA
|Part of Speech:||adverb|
|Definition:||for a short period|
|Synonyms:||briefly, for a bit, for a little while, for a moment, for a spell, for a while, for the moment, momentarily, not for long, temporarily, transiently|
|Notes:||awhile means 'for a time' and a while means 'a period of time'
awhile is an adverb and so must occur as a modifier to a verb; while is a noun meaning 'period of time'