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withal Line breaks: withal
Pronunciation: /wɪˈðɔːl/

Definition of withal in English:


1In addition; as a further factor or consideration: the whole is light and portable, and ornamental withal
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  • But he was a magnificent all-round fieldsman withal.
  • Srinath is a South Indian, rice-eating vegetarian - and withal, a world-class fast bowler.
  • Thou art the source of light and withal my own true self.
1.1All the same; nevertheless (used when adding something that contrasts with a previous comment): she gave him a grateful smile, but rueful withal
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  • For what are idols but what the same Scripture describes in these words: ‘Eyes have they, and they do not see,’ and whatever else may be said of substances however skillfully carved into shape, but withal lacking life and sense?
  • All this having been true to Burbank, if I caught his thought correctly, the great scientist's tolerant, yet withal inflexible, attitude toward those who were disparaging and excoriating him is entirely understandable.
  • It would be splendid for his woodblock-cutting methods - the stone upon stone, its grim severity and grace withal.


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With (used at the end of a clause): we sat with little to nourish ourselves withal but vile water


Middle English: originally as with all.

Words that rhyme with withal

all, appal (US appall), awl, Bacall, ball, bawl, befall, Bengal, brawl, call, caul, crawl, Donegal, drawl, drywall, enthral (US enthrall), fall, forestall, gall, Galle, Gaul, hall, haul, maul, miaul, miscall, Montreal, Naipaul, Nepal, orle, pall, Paul, pawl, Saul, schorl, scrawl, seawall, Senegal, shawl, small, sprawl, squall, stall, stonewall, tall, thrall, trawl, wall, waul, wherewithal, yawl

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