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whilom

[hwahy-luh m, wahy-]Archaic.
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adjective
  1. former; erstwhile: whilom friends.
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adverb
  1. at one time.
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Origin of whilom

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

  • We may misuse it, but we can scarce do worse in this respect than our whilom masters.

    The Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, 1995, Memorial Issue

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  • Why should this man, this whilom friend of his, have everything?

  • Not only should they covenant to give no aid to the whilom??

  • He was sorry to hear that his whilom chums, the "captain" and "lieutenant," were ill.

  • Selma, my whilom Finnish friend, was having her banns published.

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British Dictionary definitions for whilom

whilom

adverb
  1. formerly; once
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adjective
  1. (prenominal) one-time; former
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Word Origin

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

adv.

"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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