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 Meanwhile (adverb, noun) /ˈminˌhwaɪl/ LISTEN

As, While or Meanwhile?

The adverb meanwhile means ‘during the time between two events’ or ‘at the same time.’ As a noun, the meanwhile means ‘the time between.’

Example sentences

  • Our move to California is planned for the middle of next month; meanwhile, we'll be busy packing.
  • Susan went shopping on Saturday; meanwhile, her husband got a tattoo!
  • The teacher will be gone for twenty minutes. In the meanwhile, please work on your essays.

Words often used with meanwhile

Meanwhile, back at the ranch is a well-known phrase in US English. In the past it was used by narrators of American cowboy movies as a transition between scenes. Now it is mostly used ironically. Example: “My wife is on a business trip in Hawaii. Meanwhile, back at the ranch, the kids are driving me crazy!”

In pop culture

Listen to Kitty Wells singing “Meanwhile, Down at Joe’s” here:

Similar expressions

In the meantime is a synonym for meanwhile or in the meanwhile.

 

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