hwil

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Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *hwīlō, from Proto-Indo-European. Cognate with Old High German wīla (German Weile), Old Saxon hwīla (Middle Low German wîl), Dutch wijl, Gothic 𐍈𐌴𐌹𐌻𐌰 (ƕwila), Old Norse hvíla (Swedish vila). Cognate with Albanian sillë (breakfast, farmer's food) and the second element of Latin tranquillus.

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Noun[edit]

hwīl f

  1. while, period of time
    sume hwīle
    for a while
    lȳtle hwīle
    for a little while
    ealle þā hwīle
    all the while, the whole time

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References[edit]

  • HWÍL in Joseph Bosworth and T. Northcote Toller (1898) An Anglo-Saxon Dictionary