whiles

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Adverb[edit]

whiles (not comparable)

  1. (archaic or Scotland) sometimes; at times
    • 1927, John Buchan, Witch Wood, published 1988, page 14:
      Man, I've diverted myself whiles with the science of the stars, and can make a shape at calculating a nativity.
  2. (archaic or Scotland) meanwhile
    • Sir Walter Scott
      the good knight whiles humming to himself the lay of some majored troubadour

Conjunction[edit]

whiles

  1. (archaic or dialect) while
    • 1599, William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing, Act IV, Scene 1, line 217
      for it so falls out, / That what we have we prize not to the worth / Whiles we enjoy it; but being lack'd and lost, / Why, then we rack the value, then we find / The virtue that possession would not show us / Whiles it was ours.

Noun[edit]

whiles

  1. plural form of while

Verb[edit]

whiles

  1. third-person singular simple present indicative form of while

Scots[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Adverb[edit]

whiles

  1. Sometimes
    Whiles thay gang tae the strand, but maistly tae the bens- Sometimes they go to the beach, but mostly to the mountains