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From Middle English withal, withalle, equivalent to with +‎ all, used in place of earlier Old English Old English mid ealle.




  1. (archaic) Synonym for with, appearing at the end of a clause or sentence, after the object.
    A knife is good to cut things withal.



withal (not comparable)

  1. (archaic) All things considered; nevertheless; besides[1]
    • (Can we date this quote?), Gilbert Parker, The Weavers
      Yet, withal, David was the true altruist.
    • 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.
    • 1918, Edgar Rice Burroughs, The Land that Time Forgot[1], edition HTML, The Gutenberg Project, published 2008:
      So-al was a mighty fine-looking girl, built like a tigress as to strength and sinuosity, but withal sweet and womanly.
  2. (obsolete) With this; with that.



  1. ^ Meanings in Merriam-Webster's Dictionary