Whiles
Whiles Whiles, adv. [See {While}, n., and {-wards}.] 1. Meanwhile; meantime. [R.] [1913 Webster]

The good knight whiles humming to himself the lay of some majored troubadour. --Sir. W. Scott. [1913 Webster]

2. sometimes; at times. [Scot.] --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]

{The whiles}. See under {While}, n. [1913 Webster]


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  • Whiles — Whiles, conj. During the time that; while. [Archaic] Chaucer. Fuller. [1913 Webster] Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him. Matt. v. 25. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • whiles — [hwīlz, wīlz] adv. [ME < while (see WHILE) + adv. gen. s] Chiefly Scot. SOMETIMES conj. Now Chiefly Dial. WHILE …   English World dictionary

  • Whiles — Recorded in many spellings including While, Whiles, Willas, Wiles, Willes, Wills, Willys, Williss, Willos and Wileson, this is an English patronymic surname. It is however arguably of early Germanic or Anglo Saxon pre 7th century origins deriving …   Surnames reference

  • whiles — be·tween·whiles; whiles; …   English syllables

  • whiles — North Country (Newcastle) Words sometimes: it rains whiles …   English dialects glossary

  • whiles — I. conjunction Etymology: Middle English, from while + s, adverb suffix more at whence Date: 12th century archaic while II. adverb Date: 15th century chiefly Scottish sometimes …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • whiles — /hwuylz, wuylz/, adv. 1. Chiefly Scot. at times. 2. Obs. in the meantime. conj. 3. Archaic. while. [1175 1225; ME; see WHILE, S1] * * * …   Universalium

  • whiles — conjunction /waɪlz/ while …   Wiktionary

  • whiles — hwaɪl /w n. time; period of time; short time; few moments; effort v. spend time; pass time prep. until (Archaic) conj. during, at the same time as; as long as; despite; if …   English contemporary dictionary

  • whiles — conjunction archaic form of while. Origin ME: orig. in adverbs such as somewhiles formerly , otherwhiles at times …   English new terms dictionary

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