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From Middle English allwaye, alle wey, from Old English ealneġ, ealneweġ (always, perpetually, literally all the way), from ealne + weġ (accusative case), equivalent to al- (all) +‎ way. Cognate with Scots alwayis (always). More at all, way.


  • IPA(key): /ˈɔːlweɪ/, (poetic) /ɔːlˈweɪ/


alway (not comparable)

  1. (archaic) All along; for all time, perpetually.
    • 1526, William Tyndale, trans. Bible, Matthew XXVIII:
      And lo I am with you allwaye even untyll the ende off the worlde.
    • 1900, Ernest Dowson, Villanelle of Sunset, lines 16-17
      Tired flower! upon my breast,
      I would wear thee alway
  2. (archaic) Every time, at every opportunity, always.