Definition of awhile adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

awhile

 adverb
adverb
BrE BrE//əˈwaɪl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əˈwaɪl//
 
(formal or literary)
 
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for a short time Word Origin Old English āne hwīle ‘(for) a while’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: awhile