whilom


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Related to whilom: contemporaneously, Otsego Lake

whi·lom

 (wī′ləm, hwī′-)
adj.
Having once been; former: the whilom editor in chief.
adv. Archaic
At a past time; formerly.

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

whilom

(ˈwaɪləm)
adv
formerly; once
adj
(prenominal) one-time; former
[Old English hwīlum, dative plural of hwīl while; related to Old High German hwīlōm, German weiland of old]

whi•lom

(ˈʰwaɪ ləm, ˈwaɪ-)

adj.
1. former; erstwhile: whilom friends.
adv.
2. at one time.
[before 900; Middle English; Old English hwīlum at times]
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whilom

adjective
Having been such previously:
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Among the Indian beauties in the camp of the Eutaws and Shoshonies, the free trappers discovered two, who had whilom figured as their squaws.
Ye Muses, then, whoever ye are, who love to sing battles, and principally thou who whilom didst recount the slaughter in those fields where Hudibras and Trulla fought, if thou wert not starved with thy friend Butler, assist me on this great occasion.
I was looking out at my back window on the day we have come to when whom did I see but the whilom nursery governess sitting on a chair in one of these gardens.
Then was it come what Merlin said whilom That unmeasured sorrow should be at Arthur's forth faring.
He found favor in the eyes of the mothers by petting the children, particularly the youngest; and like the lion bold, which whilom so magnanimously the lamb did hold, he would sit with a child on one knee, and rock a cradle with his foot for whole hours together.
Howard Zemsky, a preservation-minded developer and Russer Foods heir, has worked with Tielman and others to rejuvenate the once-desolate Larkinville district surrounding the square; the whilom post-industrial wasteland now houses the excellent Flying Bison Brewing Company, various design and architecture firms, and a burgeoning retail, manufacturing, and warehouse center.
Stately and proud, in riches and in train, Whilom I was, powerful and full of pomp; But what is he whom rule and empery Have not in life or death made miserable?
Adversely however, if one group can manage to get the upper hand over the others the "reason to tolerate" whilom present is completely wiped out.
When boarding, Crane "found favor in the eyes of the mothers, by petting the children, particularly the youngest; and like the lion bold, which whilom so magnanimously the lamb did hold, he would sit with a child on one knee, and rock a cradle with his foot for whole hours together" (Irving 1820/1966, 8).
Thou may'st affirm of me (as whilom did Xantippe of her husband, whom she chid, Grave Socrates, regardless of his worth, He still returned the same that he went forth) Before I visit thee, thus may'st thou hear on.
There were picked up also, more than a dozen replicas in bronze of the whilom [that is, formerly] sacred scarabaeus [or scarab beetle].
Babineaux, a whilom friend of Mareville who, waiting for his turn with Lebrun whom he considered, as did many of his station, to be the finest tailor in the city, and therefore indispensable--, heard the six shots from his position at the front of the shop, greeted with a tip of his hat Mareville as he slipped from behind the curtains, and quickly alerted a nearby constable as the murderer absconded on his bicycle.