[hwahy-luh m, wahy-]Archaic.
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  1. 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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  1. formerly; once
  1. (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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Word Origin and History for whilom

"at time past" (archaic), c.1200, from Old English hwilum "at times," dative case of while (q.v.). Cf. German weiland "formerly."

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