whilst

[ hwahylst, wahylst ]
/ ʰwaɪlst, waɪlst /

conjunction

Chiefly British. while.

Nearby words

  1. while there's life, there's hope,
  2. whiles,
  3. whilk,
  4. whillikers,
  5. whilom,
  6. whim,
  7. whim-wham,
  8. whimbrel,
  9. whimper,
  10. whimsey

Origin of whilst

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

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British Dictionary definitions for whilst

whilst

/ (waɪlst) /

conjunction

Word Origin for whilst

C13: from whiles + -t as in amidst

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Word Origin and History for whilst

whilst

adv.

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

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