whilom

[ hwahy-luh m, wahy- ]
/ ˈʰwaɪ ləm, ˈwaɪ- /
Archaic.

adjective

former; erstwhile: whilom friends.

adverb

at one time.

Origin of whilom

before 900; Middle English; Old English hwīlum at times, dative plural of hwīl while (noun)
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whilom

/ (ˈwaɪləm) archaic /

adverb

formerly; once

adjective

(prenominal) one-time; former

Word Origin for whilom

Old English hwīlum, dative plural of hwīl while; related to Old High German hwīlōm, German weiland of old
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