[hwahylst, wahylst]


Chiefly British. while.

Origin of whilst

1325–75; Middle English whilest, equivalent to whiles + parasitic -t as in amongst, amidst
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although, during

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Word Origin for whilst

C13: from whiles + -t as in amidst
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Word Origin and History for whilst

late 14c., from while (q.v.) with adverbial genitive -s-, and excrescent -t- (as in amongst, amidst).

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