Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
I. adv. Sometimes, at times, occasionally (Sc. 1825 Jam.; Cai. 1905 E.D.D.; Per., Fif., Lth., Ayr. 1915–26 Wilson; Uls. 1953 Traynor). Gen. (exc. I.) Sc. Also in n.Eng. dial.
Ayr. 1789 Burns To Dr Blacklock viii.:
Wha does the utmost that he can Will whyles do mair. Sc. 1816 Scott O. Mortality v.:
A pain I hae whiles in my ain stamach. Edb. 1844 J. Ballantine Miller xvi.:
I took a wee drapie dribble, maybe whiles ower muckle. Lnk. 1853 W. Watson Poems 54:
Anither faut, she's whileocks lazy. Dmf. 1873 A. C. Gibson Folk-Speech Cum. 127:
Sweethearts a score I whyles rhyme ow'r — their names, Bell, Barbara, Bess. . . . Ags. 1894 J. B. Salmond Bawbee Bowden (1922) 66:
Atween you an' me, I thocht whyles they werna far wrong. Bwk. 1900 A.T.G. Ann. Thornlea 32:
Whiles ane 'll sit doon. ne.Sc. 1929 M. W. Simpson Day's End 53:
Maistly for siller — an' whilies for a dram. Slk. 1964 Southern Reporter (16 April) 9:
I whiles think it is like cutting off your nose to spite your face.
Freq. in correlative constructions whiles . . . whiles, at one time . . . at another.
Sc. 1705 R. Wodrow Analecta (M.C.) I. 75:
She continued two or three years, whiles praising, whiles neglecting prayer. Abd. 1768 A. Ross Helenore (S.T.S.) 66:
Whiles slouming, whiles starting wi' her fright. Ayr. 1790 Burns Tam o' Shanter 83–4:
Whiles holding fast his gude blue bonnet. Whiles crooning o'er some auld Scots sonnet. Slk. 1824 Hogg Tales (1874) 518:
They say the de'il's often seen gaun sidie for sidie w'ye, whiles in ae shape an' whiles in anither. Hdg. 1903 J. Lumsden Toorle 127:
Whyles she ‘but to hae me aff-haun,' Whyles ‘she wadna wed for a Croun.' Sc. 1917 D. Mitchell Clachan Kirk 14:
Whiles fechtin wi' storm, whiles wearied wi' heat. s.Sc. 1933 Border Mag. (June) 82:
Whiles wading thro' the slush and snaw, whiles basking on the brae.
II. conj. While, whilst. Obs. in Eng.
Sc. 1756 M. Calderwood Journal (M.C.) 189:
Whiles Mr Calderwood went through the colledge, Daniel attended me. Cai. 1869 M. McLennan Peasant Life 326:
I'll lift his fore-fut whiles ye pit on the saydle.
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