whilom

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

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  • IPA(key): /ˈwaɪləm/, /ˈʍaɪləm/
    • (file)

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whilom (not comparable)

  1. (obsolete) While.
  2. (dated) Once upon a time, formerly.
    • 1590, Spenser, Edmund, 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, London: [] Val[entine] Simmes for Edward Blount [], OCLC 946730821:
      With such an invention did Zeleucus whilome correct the corrupted manners of the Locrines.
    • 1663, Butler, Samuel, Hudibras, 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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Adjective[edit]

whilom (not comparable)

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

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whilom

  1. (now literary) While.

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