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whilom

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adverb whi·lom \ˈhwī-ləm, ˈwī-\

Definition of whilom

archaic

  1. :  formerly



Origin of whilom

Middle English, literally, at times, from Old English hwīlum, dative plural of hwīl time, while


First Known Use: 12th century

Rhymes with whilom


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whilom

adjective whi·lom

Definition of whilom

  1. :  former



Examples of whilom in a sentence

  1. <pointedly ignored the whilom friends who had turned on her>



Did You Know?

Whilom shares an ancestor with the word while. Both trace back to the Old English word hwil, meaning "time" or "while." In Old English "hwilum" was an adverb meaning "at times." This use passed into Middle English (with a variety of spellings, one of which was "whilom"), and in the 12th century the word acquired the meaning "formerly." The adverb's usage dwindled toward the end of the 19th century, and it has since been labeled "archaic." The adjective first appeared on the scene in the 15th century, with the now-obsolete meaning "deceased," and by the end of the 16th century it was being used with the meaning "former." It's a relatively uncommon word, but it does see occasional use.

1837

First Known Use of whilom

1837


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