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Definitions for whilom
ˈʰwaɪ ləm, ˈwaɪ-whilom

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  1. whilomadverb


  2. whilomadverb

    Once upon a time, formerly.

  3. whilomadjective

    Former; sometime, late.

  4. whilomconjunction


  5. Etymology: Old English hwīlum, dative plural of hwīl ‘while’.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Whilomadverb

    Formerly; once; of old.

    Etymology: hwilom , Saxon, that is, once on a time.

    Where now the studious lawyers have their bowers,
    There whilom wont the Templar knights abide,
    ’Till they decayed through pride. Edmund Spenser.

    In northern clime a val’rous knight
    Did whilom kill his bear in fight,
    And wound a fiddler. Hudibras.

    Yet art thou not inglorious in thy fate;
    For so Apollo, with unweeting hand,
    Whilom did slay his dearly loved mate. John Milton.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Whilomnoun

    formerly; once; of old; erewhile; at times

  2. Etymology: [AS. hwlum, properly, at times, dative pl. of hwl; akin to G. weiland formerly, OHG. hwlm, See While, n.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of whilom in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of whilom in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of whilom in a Sentence

  1. Omar Khayyam:

    Whilom, ere youth?s conceit had waned, methought Answers to all life?s problems I had wrought; But now, grown old and wise, too late I see My life is spent, and all my lore is nought.

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