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erstwhile

[ urst-hwahyl, -wahyl ]
/ ˈɜrstˌʰwaɪl, -ˌwaɪl /
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adjective
former; of times past: erstwhile friends.
adverb
Archaic. formerly; erst.
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Origin of erstwhile

First recorded in 1560–70; erst + while

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British Dictionary definitions for erstwhile

erstwhile
/ (ˈɜːstˌwaɪl) /

adjective
former; one-timemy erstwhile companions
adverb
archaic long ago; formerly
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