whilst

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From whiles +‎ -t. Surface analysis while +‎ -st ((excrescence)). Cognate with West Frisian wylst (whilst). More at whiles.

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whilst

  1. (chiefly UK) While, at the same time.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 17, The China Governess[1]:
      The face which emerged was not reassuring. It was blunt and grey, the nose springing thick and flat from high on the frontal bone of the forehead, whilst his eyes were narrow slits of dark in a tight bandage of tissue. […].

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