Definition of hanlawhile in US English:

hanlawhile

noun

  • A short period or span of time; a moment, an instant.

Origin

Late 15th century; earliest use found in The Towneley Plays. From hand + long + while, after hand-while. The Scots forms show elision of the final consonant in the first and second elements.

Pronunciation

hanlawhile

/ˈhanləwʌɪl/