[ hwahy-luhm ]
Part of SpeechadjectiveOrigin + Etymology
Old English; from hwīlum "at times," dative plural of hwīl
departed erstwhile old past
current after modern future
adjectiveA) Let us toast to whilom friends who could not join us for this dinner. B) I try not to associate with whilom coworkers because it reminds me too much of my behavior back then.
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