Worth while
While While, n. [AS. hw[=i]l; akin to OS. hw[=i]l, hw[=i]la, OFries. hw[=i]le, D. wigl, G. weile, OHG. w[=i]la, hw[=i]la, hw[=i]l, Icel. hv[=i]la a bed, hv[=i]ld rest, Sw. hvila, Dan. hvile, Goth. hweila a time, and probably to L. quietus quiet, and perhaps to Gr. ? the proper time of season. [root]20. Cf. {Quiet}, {Whilom}.] 1. Space of time, or continued duration, esp. when short; a time; as, one while we thought him innocent. ``All this while.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

This mighty queen may no while endure. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

[Some guest that] hath outside his welcome while, And tells the jest without the smile. --Coleridge. [1913 Webster]

I will go forth and breathe the air a while. --Longfellow. [1913 Webster]

2. That which requires time; labor; pains. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Satan . . . cast him how he might quite her while. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

{At whiles}, at times; at intervals. [1913 Webster]

And so on us at whiles it falls, to claim Powers that we dread. --J. H. Newman. [1913 Webster]

{The while}, {The whiles}, in or during the time that; meantime; while. --Tennyson.

{Within a while}, in a short time; soon.

{Worth while}, worth the time which it requires; worth the time and pains; hence, worth the expense; as, it is not always worth while for a man to prosecute for small debts. [1913 Webster]


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  • Worth while — Worth Worth, a. [OE. worth, wur[thorn], AS. weor[eth], wurE; akin to OFries. werth, OS. wer[eth], D. waard, OHG. werd, G. wert, werth, Icel. ver[eth]r, Sw. v[ a]rd, Dan. v[ae]rd, Goth. wa[ i]rps, and perhaps to E. wary. Cf. {Stalwart}, {Ware} an… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • worth-while — worth|while or worth while «WURTH HWYL», adjective. worth time, attention, or effort; having real merit: »He ought to spend his time on some worthwhile reading. SYNONYM(S): valuable, useful. –worth´while´ness, –worth´ while´ness, noun. Usage… …   Useful english dictionary

  • worth|while — or worth while «WURTH HWYL», adjective. worth time, attention, or effort; having real merit: »He ought to spend his time on some worthwhile reading. SYNONYM(S): valuable, useful. –worth´while´ness, –worth´ while´ness, noun. Usage …   Useful english dictionary

  • worth while — worth while, worthwhile The traditional distinction is to use the two word form predicatively (i.e. after a verb, as in The experiment was worth while) and the one word form attributively (i.e. before a noun, as in a worthwhile experiment).… …   Modern English usage

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  • worth´-while´ness — worth|while or worth while «WURTH HWYL», adjective. worth time, attention, or effort; having real merit: »He ought to spend his time on some worthwhile reading. SYNONYM(S): valuable, useful. –worth´while´ness, –worth´ while´ness, noun. Usage …   Useful english dictionary

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