whiles

[ hwahylz, wahylz ]
/ ʰwaɪlz, waɪlz /
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adverb

Chiefly Scot. at times.
Obsolete. in the meantime.

conjunction

Archaic. while.

Origin of whiles

Middle English word dating back to 1175–1225; see origin at while, -s1

Definition for whiles (2 of 2)

Origin of while

before 900; Middle English; Old English hwīl; cognate with Dutch wijl, German weile, Old Norse hvīla, Gothic hweila

Can be confused

while wile
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British Dictionary definitions for whiles (1 of 2)

whiles

/ (waɪlz, Scottish hwəɪlz) archaic, or dialect /

adverb

at times; occasionally

conjunction

while; whilst

British Dictionary definitions for whiles (2 of 2)

while

/ (waɪl) /

conjunction Also: whilst (waɪlst)


preposition, conjunction

Scot and Northern English dialect another word for until you'll have to wait while Monday for these sheets; you'll never make any progress while you listen to me

noun

See also whiles

Word Origin for while

Old English hwīl; related to Old High German hwīla (German Weile), Gothic hveila, Latin quiēs peace, tranquīlus tranquil

usage

It was formerly considered incorrect to use while to mean in spite of the fact that or whereas, but these uses have now become acceptable
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Idioms and Phrases with whiles

while

In addition to the idioms beginning with while

  • while away
  • while back
  • while there's life there's hope

also see:

  • all the time (while)
  • a while back
  • every now and then (once in a while)
  • fiddle while Rome burns
  • get out while the getting is good
  • in a while
  • make hay while the sun shines
  • once in a while
  • quit while you're ahead
  • strike while the iron's hot
  • worth one's while

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