Whilom meaning

wīləm, hwī-
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.

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At a past time; formerly.
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At one time; formerly.
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Formerly such; former.

Their whilom friends.

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(dated) Once upon a time, formerly.
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(now literary) Former, sometime, late, erstwhile, quondam.
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Having once been; former.

The whilom editor in chief.

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Origin of whilom

  • Middle English at times from Old English hwīlum dative pl. of hwīl time, while kweiə- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Old English hwÄ«lum, dative plural of hwÄ«l "˜while'.

    From Wiktionary