erstwhileadjective [ before noun ]uk /ˈɜːst.waɪl/ us /ˈɝːst.waɪl/ formal
Examples from literature
- Also, there were comings and goings, and the erstwhile placid atmosphere of the cabin was vexed with strange perturbations and unrest.
- Besides, he sought only the obscure hotels, where he was not likely to meet any of his erstwhile fellow passengers.
- In the first place, one of our erstwhile opponents is fighting against a much stronger enemy.
- The erstwhile amorous fiancée, who could hardly wait until marriage to test her lover, became now the wife and mother who hardly wished to be touched by her husband.
- This ghostly encroachment on our erstwhile quiet domain has had more than one inconvenient result.