What does once in a while mean?

Definitions for once in a while

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. occasionally, on occasion, once in a while, now and then, now and again, at times, from time to time(adverb)

    now and then or here and there

    "he was arrogant and occasionally callous"; "open areas are only occasionally interrupted by clumps of trees"; "they visit New York on occasion"; "now and again she would take her favorite book from the shelf and read to us"; "as we drove along, the beautiful scenery now and then attracted his attention"


  1. once in a while(Adverb)

    Occasionally; sometimes.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of once in a while in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of once in a while in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. H. Jackson Brown Jr.:

    Every once in a while, take the scenic route.

  2. Audrey Giorgi:

    Once in a while you have to take a break and visit yourself.

  3. Groucho Marx:

    I like my cigar, but I take it out of my mouth once in a while.

  4. Barack Obama:

    You hit singles, you hit doubles; every once in a while we may be able to hit a home run.

  5. Jerry Garcia, Scarlet Bergonias:

    Once in a while you get shown the light in the stangest of places if you look at it right.

Images & Illustrations of once in a while

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Translations for once in a while

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • indimellem, en gang imellemDanish
  • κατά διαστήματα, κάθε τόσο, κάπου-κάπουGreek
  • de vez en cuandoSpanish
  • ajoittain, silloin tällöinFinnish
  • de temps en tempsFrench
  • एक समय में एक बारHindi
  • di tanto in tantoItalian
  • порой, время от времени, иногдаRussian

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