Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

whilst

play
conjunction \ˈhwī(-ə)lst, ˈwī(-ə)lst\

Definition of whilst

chiefly British

  1. :  while



Examples of whilst in a sentence

  1. <I like to get my knitting done whilst watching the telly.>

  2. <whilst a good worker, he's not a very good manager>



Origin of whilst

Middle English whilest, alteration of whiles


First Known Use: 14th century



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up whilst? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to dishevel or rumple

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

alt-5746713d76276

Which of these is a synonym of nonplus?

soothe reduce perplex disapprove
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ