- former; erstwhile: whilom friends.
- at one time.
Origin of whilom
Related Words for whilomold, departed, erstwhile, already, formerly, previously, earlier, late, before, anterior, antecedent, ancient, bygone, past, prior, above, first, aforesaid, foregoing, once
Examples from the Web for whilom
Historical Examples of whilom
We may misuse it, but we can scarce do worse in this respect than our whilom masters.
Why should this man, this whilom friend of his, have everything?The Moving Finger
Not only should they covenant to give no aid to the whilom??Pioneers of the Old South
He was sorry to hear that his whilom chums, the "captain" and "lieutenant," were ill.Fifty-Two Stories For Girls
Selma, my whilom Finnish friend, was having her banns published.The Confession of a Fool
- formerly; once
- (prenominal) one-time; former
Word Origin for whilom
"at time past" (archaic), c.1200, from Old English hwilum "at times," dative case of while (q.v.). Cf. German weiland "formerly."