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whilom

adverb whi·lom \ ˈhwī-ləm , ˈwī- \

Definition of whilom

archaic

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Origin and Etymology of whilom

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

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whilom

adjective

Definition of whilom

: former

Examples of whilom in a Sentence

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

First Known Use of whilom

15th century



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