- alwayes ( obsolete )
- ( UK ) IPA: /ˈɔːl.weɪz/, X-SAMPA: /"O:l.weIz/
- ( US ) IPA: /ˈɔl.weɪz/, /ˈɔl.wiz/, X-SAMPA: /"Ol.weIz/, /"Ol.wiz/
- Hyphenation: al‧ways
- At all times; ever; perpetually; throughout all time; continually:
- Constantly during a certain period, or regularly at stated intervals; invariably; uniformly;—opposed to sometimes or occasionally .
- ( informal ) In any event
- ( at all times ): never
Originally a genitive form of alway, 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, or all + -ways. Cognate with Scots alwayis ( “always” ), Low German allerwegens ( “very often”, literally “all ways'” ). More at all, way .
always ( not comparable )
Explanation of always by Wordnet Dictionary
at all times
- Always adv. [All + way. The s is an adverbial ( orig. a genitive ) ending.]
1. At all times; ever; perpetually; throughout all time; continually; as, “God is always the same”.
Even in Heaven his [Mammon's] looks and thoughts. Milton.
2. Constancy during a certain period, or regularly at stated intervals; invariably; uniformly; -- opposed to sometimes or occasionally.
He always rides a black galloway. Bulwer.
Definition of always by GCIDE Dictionary