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From Middle English summehwile, summewile, sumwile, equivalent to some +‎ while. Compare Dutch somwijlen (sometimes).


somewhile (not comparable)

  1. Sometimes; at one time or another; from time to time; at times
  2. For a while; at one time; for a time
    • (Can we date this quote by Edmund Spenser and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      Tho, under colour of shepeheards, somewhile / There crept in wolves, ful of fraude and guile.

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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for somewhile in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)

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