whiles

conjunction
\ ˈ(h)wī(-ə)lz How to pronounce whiles (audio) \

Definition of whiles

 (Entry 1 of 2)

archaic
: while

whiles

adverb

Definition of whiles (Entry 2 of 2)

chiefly Scotland

First Known Use of whiles

Conjunction

12th century, in the meaning defined above

Adverb

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for whiles

Conjunction

Middle English, from while + -s, adverb suffix — more at whence

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The first known use of whiles was in the 12th century

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“Whiles.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whiles. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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