- The definition of whilom is something former, or that once was.
- An example of something whilom is a friend that you were close to in middle school.
- An example of something whilom is a job that you once had.
Archaic at one time; formerly
Origin of whilomMiddle English whilum ; from Old English hwilum, dative plural of hwil, while
formerly such; former: their whilom friends
Having once been; former: the whilom editor in chief.
At a past time; formerly.
Origin of whilomMiddle English, at times, from Old English hwīlum, dative pl. of hwīl, time, while; see kwei&schwa;- in Indo-European roots.
- (dated) Once upon a time, formerly.
Old English hwīlum, dative plural of hwīl ‘while’.