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Related to whilom: contemporaneously, Otsego Lake


 (wī′ləm, hwī′-)
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.]


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


(ˈʰwaɪ ləm, ˈwaɪ-)

1. former; erstwhile: whilom friends.
2. at one time.
[before 900; Middle English; Old English hwīlum at times]
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References in classic literature ?
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.
Among the Indian beauties in the camp of the Eutaws and Shoshonies, the free trappers discovered two, who had whilom figured as their squaws.
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.
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.