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Whiles vs Whilst - What's the difference?

whiles | whilst |

As conjunctions the difference between whiles and whilst

is that whiles is while while whilst is while, at the same time.

As an adverb whiles

is sometimes; at times.

As a noun whiles

is plural of lang=en.

As a verb whiles

is third-person singular of while.




  • (archaic, or, Scotland) sometimes; at times
  • *
  • (archaic, or, Scotland) meanwhile
  • * Sir Walter Scott
  • the good knight whiles humming to himself the lay of some majored troubadour


    (English Conjunctions)
  • (archaic, or, dialect) while
  • * 1599 , (William Shakespeare), (Much Ado About Nothing) , Act IV, Scene 1, line 217
  • for it so falls out, / That what we have we prize not to the worth / Whiles' we enjoy it; but being lack'd and lost, / Why, then we rack the value, then we find / The virtue that possession would not show us / ' Whiles it was ours.


  • Verb

  • (while)
  • English terms with homophones ----



    Alternative forms

    * whilest (obsolete) * whylst (obsolete) * whylest (obsolete)


    (English Conjunctions)
  • (British, rare or literary in North America) While, at the same time.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham), title=(The China Governess)
  • , chapter=17 citation , passage=The face which emerged was not reassuring. It was blunt and grey, the nose springing thick and flat from high on the frontal bone of the forehead, whilst his eyes were narrow slits of dark in a tight bandage of tissue. […].}}

    Usage notes

    * Mostly restrained to use in . * Rare in North America and may be considered archaic, pedantic or pompous.


    * (while) * *