whilom

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈwaɪləm/, /ˈʍaɪləm/

Adverb[edit]

whilom (not comparable)

  1. (obsolete) While.
  2. (dated) Once upon a time, formerly.
    • 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, I.43:
      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 [].

Translations[edit]

Adjective[edit]

whilom (not comparable)

  1. (now literary) Former, sometime, late, erstwhile, quondam.

Conjunction[edit]

whilom

  1. While.