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 (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.]
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formerly; once
(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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(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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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.
And thou, my child, whilom thou wentest forth, Eluding the Cadmeians' vigilance, To bring thy father all the oracles Concerning Oedipus, and didst make thyself My faithful lieger, when they banished me.
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.
ISLAMABAD -- Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry accused the whilom government of poor planning.
Vernon Parrington, the Oklahoma Sooners football coach and author of the whilom influential Main Currents in American Thought (1927), called its avatar an "agrarian liberal" and "our first great populist leader, our first man of the people," paladin of an anti-monopolist coalition of "western equalitarians and eastern proletarians."
involvement in the First World War who was dubbed "the Gopher Bolshevik" by The New York Times, through the antiwar dentist-Senator Henrik Shipstead to Bob "Masters of War" Dylan to Senator Eugene McCarthy, whilom Humphrey protege and Catholic distributist who stood up against the war machine and paid for it with his career.
Soth, dwell y so lijk as a masid man [mad man] That hath a bidying and wot not where, For though y whilom fer from Sorow ran Ye wol he lo for ought bat evyr y kan, Be with me, to and to, wil y or no, And as my frend thus cherisshe y my fo!
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?
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