Origin of whilesMiddle English from while (see while) + adv. genitive -s
- Whiles is defined in Scotland to mean at times or sometimes.
An example of whiles used as an adverb is in the quote by J. H. Newman, "And so on us at whiles it falls, to claim powers that we dread," which means it sometimes falls on us to take control.
- Whiles means while or during a certain time.
An example of whiles used as a conjunction is in the sentence, "Father goes to work, whiles mother makes dinner," which means that when father is at work, mother is making dinner.
Origin of whilesMiddle English while while ; see while . -es genitive sing. suff. ; see -s 3.
- (archaic or dialect) while
- plural form of while
- third-person singular simple present indicative form of while
- It is probable that Aesop did not commit his fables to writing; Aristophanes (Wasps, 1259) represents Philocleon as having learnt the "absurdities" of Aesop from conversation at banquets, and Socrates whiles away his time in prison by turning some of Aesop's fables "which he knew" into verse (Plato, Phaedo, 61 b).