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Having once been; former: the whilom editor in chief.
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.]
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(prenominal) one-time; former
[Old English hwīlum, dative plural of hwīl while; related to Old High German hwīlōm, German weiland of old]
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whi•lom(ˈʰwaɪ ləm, ˈwaɪ-)
1. former; erstwhile: whilom friends.adv.
2. at one time.
[before 900; Middle English; Old English hwīlum at times]
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