Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. In addition; besides: "And, withal, a wider publicity was given to thought-provoking ideas” ( Holbrook Jackson).
  • adv. Despite that; nevertheless.
  • adv. Archaic Therewith.
  • prep. Archaic With. Used after its object at the end of a sentence or clause.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • prep. Synonym for with, appearing at the end of a clause or sentence, after the object.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. With this; with that.
  • adv. Together with this; likewise; at the same time; in addition; also.
  • prep. With; -- put after its object, at the end of sentence or clause in which it stands.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • With all; moreover; likewise; in addition; at the same time; besides; also; as well.
  • An emphatic form of with, used after the object (usually a relative) at the end of a sentence or clause.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. despite anything to the contrary (usually following a concession)
  • adv. together with this

Etymologies

Middle English : with, with; see with + al, all; see all.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • There are dreadful little booths beside the path, for the sale of photographs and _immortelles_ -- I don't know what one is to do with the immortelles -- where you are offered a brush dipped in tar to write your name withal on the rocks.

    A Little Tour of France

  • And great gifts to the earl of Lyngi and a word withal he sent,

    The Story of Sigurd the Volsung

  • But before both the Bird - and Worm-men began their journey, the Empress commanded the Bearmen to view through their Telescopes what Towns and Cities those were that would not submit; and having a full information thereof, she instructed the Bird - and Bear-men what Towns they should begin withal; in the mean while she sent to all the Princes and soveraigns of those Nations, to let them know that she would give them a proof of her Power, and check their Obstinacies by burning some of their smaller Towns; and if they continued still in their Obstinate Resolutions, that she would convert their smaller Loss into a Total Ruin. she also commanded her Bird-men to make their flight at night, lest they be perceived.

    The Description of a New World, Called the Blazing-World

  • And Jesus said unto them, Ye shall indeed drink of the cup that I drink of; and with the baptism that I am baptized withal shall ye be baptized:

    Probably Just One Of Those Funny Coincidences

  • O ay, easily to be spoken withal, that is, as easily as his infirmity will permit.

    The Fortunes of Nigel

  • The plain even at an early hour reeked with vapours distilled by the fires of the Samum: about noon, however, the air became cloudy, and nothing of colour remained, save that milky white haze, dull, but glaring withal, which is the prevailing day-tint in these regions.

    Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah

  • And Jesus said unto them, Ye shall indeed drink of the cup that I drink of; and with the baptism that I am baptized withal shall ye be baptized: but to sit on my right hand and on my left hand is not mine to give; but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared.

    Mark 10.

  • And Jesus said unto them, "Ye shall indeed drink of the cup that I drink of; and with the baptism that I am baptized withal shall ye be baptized: but to sit on my right hand and on my left hand is not mine to give; but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared."

    Jesus of Nazareth, A Biography, by John Mark

  • There, for sixpence, they have an entertainment which is quite satisfying to their modest temperaments and one, withal, which is quite suitable to Miss Twelve Years Old; for Father and Mother are

    Nights in London

  • Thereupon the first style of greeting was conceded to him; he forthwith folded his arms on his breast, looked upward, and with such a droll expression withal, that it was quite plain that no hidden meaning in it had as yet occurred to him.

    The German Classics of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, Volume 02 Masterpieces of German Literature Translated into English. in Twenty Volumes

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  • ...colorful binding around his jacket, scarlet edging at the bottom of his trousers; and the sunshine made him look extremely gay and neat withal, because you could see how beautifully all this patching had been done.
    -Heart of Darkness (Conrad)

    March 19, 2011

  • So, once again, we see that our basic social problems are still essentially those of the ants, though built, withal, upon a more dynamic and infinitely subtler plane!

    - Caryl P. Haskins, Of Ants and Men, 1939, p. 225

    Haskins's prose becomes fervid as the book nears its climax.

    December 17, 2008