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EtymologyEdit

From Old English hwīlum, dative plural of hwīl (while).

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈwaɪləm/, /ˈʍaɪləm/

AdverbEdit

whilom (not comparable)

  1. (obsolete) While.
  2. (dated) Once upon a time, formerly.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, "The Faerie Queene," Book I:1:
      Lo I the man, whose Muse whilome did maske,
      As time her taught, in lowly Shepheards weeds,
      Am now enforst a far unfitter taske ...
    • 1603, Michel de Montaigne, chapter 43, in John Florio, transl., The Essayes, [], book I, printed at London: By Val[entine] Simmes for Edward Blount [], OCLC 946730821:
      With such an invention did Zeleucus whilome correct the corrupted manners of the Locrines.
    • 1663, Hudibras, by Samuel Butler, part 1, canto 1
      In northern clime a val'rous knight / Did whilom kill his bear in fight, / And wound a fiddler: we have both / Of these the objects of our wroth  [].

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AdjectiveEdit

whilom (not comparable)

  1. (now literary) Former, sometime.
    • 1879, John Pentland Mahaffy, Euripides, Chapter IV
      [] which moved all to pity by its picture of a whilom princess reduced to miserable poverty.

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ConjunctionEdit

whilom

  1. (now literary) While.