Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
WHILOM, adv., adj., conj. Also with adv. gen. ending after Whiles, whil(e)oms.
I. adv. Sometimes, at times; formerly, at an earlier time, previously, aforetime. Now only liter.
Abd. 1768 A. Ross Helenore (S.T.S.) 14:
Whiloms they tented, an' sometimes they plaid. Sc. 1827 Scott Journal (1950) 320:
Dined at Lord [Medwyn's], John Forbes whileoms. Ags. 1901 W. J. Milne Reminiscences 289:
The sichts whilom seen, dancin' roond that whin steen. Edb. 1959 A Sang at Least 27:
Adam . . . tined us Eden's boure, And the hain'd gift whileoms o sempillness.
III. conj. While, at the period of time when. Obs. exc. dial. in Eng. Liter.
Per. 1898 C. Spence Poems 146:
I'm the Genius of this linn, And now have stilled the water's din That I might speak whilom you're near. Sc. 1913 H. P. Cameron Imit. Christ i iii.:
A' thae maisters and dominies wham ye kent weel, whilom they war still leevin'.
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