Definitions

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  • adv. once; for a time

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. Once; for a time.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Sometimes; at one time or another; from time to time; at times.
  • For a while; for a time.
  • Once; at one time.

Etymologies

some +‎ while (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It looks like Shrek, but i suppose Johny Depp has been a cartoon for somewhile derp

    Alice in Wonderland Movie Trailer #3 | /Film

  • Krzerszonese Milesia asundurst Sirdarthar Woolwichleagues, good tomkeys years somewhile in Crimealian wall samewhere in Ayerland, during me weeping stillstumms over the freshprosts of Eastchept and the dangling garters of Marrowbone and daring my wapping stiltstunts on Bostion Moss, old stile and new style and heave a lep onwards.

    Finnegans Wake

  • I've been meaning to write to you/comment on your blog for somewhile now.

    Remembrance of Things Past

  • After that they steered east to Osel, (3) and lay there somewhile under a ness.

    The Story of Burnt Njal: the great Icelandic tribune, jurist, and counsellor

  • And so kindly and gladly did the public -- or at least that portion of the public that read the "Atlantic Monthly" -- receive the specimens of Charles Lamb's uncollected writings, published somewhile since in these pages, that I am induced to print another paper on the same pleasant and entertaining subject.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 84, October, 1864

  • The kingdome of Eastangles from thencefoorth was brought so into decaie, that it remained subiect one while vnto them of Mercia, an other while vnto the Westsaxons, and somewhile vnto them of Kent, till that Edmund surnamed the martyr got the gouernment thereof (as after shall appéere.)

    Chronicles (1 of 6): The Historie of England (6 of 8) The Sixt Booke of the Historie of England

  • Simon Zelotes speaketh it somewhile after the Crucifixion.

    Ballad of the Goodly Fere

  • The captain had sat somewhile with his face in his hands; now he rose mechanically, shaking and stumbling like a drunkard after a debauch.

    The Wrecker

  • This was the palace of a dead and heirless duke, somewhile abandoned and now renewed with life and color by the gold of the Neapolitan.

    The Proud Prince

  • In the meantime Major James Guilford, somewhile president of the Apache

    The Grafters

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