Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Same as always: now only used poetically.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adverb Archaic or Poetic Always.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adverb archaic All along; for all time, perpetually.
  • adverb archaic Every time, at every opportunity, always.

Etymologies

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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.

Examples

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  • "Then Percivale perceived that, and cast down his shield which was broken; and then he did off his helm for to gather wind, for he was greatly enchafed with the serpent: and the lion went alway about him fawning as a spaniel."

    - Thomas Malory, 'The Holy Grail'.

    September 10, 2009

  • In another half millennium madmouth the 15th may be tempted to add anyway to that list.

    September 10, 2009

  • noway

    September 20, 2009