Origin of whilomMiddle English whilum from Old English hwilum, dative plural of hwil, while
- 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.
The definition of whilom is something former, or that once was.
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 kweiə- in Indo-European roots.
- (dated) Once upon a time, formerly.
Old English hwÄ«lum, dative plural of hwÄ«l "˜while'.
- It is still surrounded in part by old walls and bastions, while other portions of the whilom fortifications have been converted into pleasant promenades.