Whilom Whi"lom (hw[imac]"l[u^]m), adv. [AS. hw[=i]lum, properly, at times, dative pl. of hw[=i]l; akin to G. weiland formerly, OHG. hw[=i]l[=o]m, See {While}, n.] Formerly; once; of old; erewhile; at times. [Obs. or Poetic] --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

Whilom, as olde stories tellen us, There was a duke that highte Theseus. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

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  • whilom — [hwī′ləm, wī′ləm] adv. [ME whilum < OE hwilum, dat. pl. of hwil, WHILE] Archaic at one time; formerly adj. formerly such; former [their whilom friends] …   English World dictionary

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  • whilom — at time past (archaic), c.1200, from O.E. hwilum at times, dative case of WHILE (Cf. while) (q.v.). Cf. Ger. weiland formerly …   Etymology dictionary

  • whilom — /hwuy leuhm, wuy /, Archaic. adj. 1. former; erstwhile: whilom friends. adv. 2. at one time. [bef. 900; ME; OE hwilum at times, dat. pl. of hwil WHILE (n.)] * * * …   Universalium

  • whilom — whi•lom [[t]ˈ(h)waɪ ləm, ˈwaɪ [/t]] adj. 1) former; erstwhile: whilom friends[/ex] 2) at one time • Etymology: bef. 900; ME; OE hwīlum at times …   From formal English to slang

  • whilom — adv. & adj. archaic adv. formerly, once. adj. former, erstwhile (my whilom friend). Etymology: OE hwilum dative pl. of hwil WHILE …   Useful english dictionary

  • whilom — I. adverb Etymology: Middle English, literally, at times, from Old English hwīlum, dative plural of hwīl time, while Date: 12th century archaic formerly II. adjective Date: 1837 former …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • whilom — 1. adverb /ˈwaɪləm,ˈʍaɪləm/ Once upon a time, formerly. With such an invention did Zeleucus whilome correct the corrupted manners of the Locrines. 2. adjective /ˈwaɪləm,ˈʍaɪləm/ Former; sometime, late. 3. conjunction /ˈwaɪləm,ˈʍaɪləm/ …   Wiktionary

  • whilom — (Roget s Thesaurus II) adjective Having been such previously: erstwhile, former, late, old, once, onetime, past, previous, quondam, sometime. See PRECEDE …   English dictionary for students

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