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Whenas \When"as`\, conj. Whereas; while [Obs.]

Whenas, if they would inquire into themselves, they would find no such matter.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

early 15c., from when + as.\n\nWhenas in silks my Julia goes \n
Then, then (methinks) how sweetly flows \n
That liquefaction of her clothes. \n


[Robert Herrick (1591-1674)]


adv. (context archaic English) when; at the time (which). conj. 1 (context archaic English) when. 2 (context archaic English) whereas.

Usage examples of "whenas".

If in his absence thus he favours him, What will he do whenas he shall be present?

Next, the stumbling of the King whenas he went upon the poop of the long ship which bare us on this voyage to these islands.

Voll al love and truste: and fayll nat whenas thow saylest upon Wychlande to caste of iii or iv shippes for the Folyott Isles to putt downe those and brenne the Redd Folyott in hys hous.

Now Gaslark with the best of his fighting men was come some way past the postern, but whenas they fell to fighting he turned back straightway to meet Corinius, calling loudly on his men to rally against the Witches and drive them back within the walls.

And let them be those same lodgings Gallandus had whenas he was in Owlswick.

Demonland shalt give up thy quarrel, and of Pixyland and Impland beside, and shalt yield me up Corsus and Corinius thy servants that I may punish them for the beastly deeds they did in our land whenas we were not there to guard it.

Nay, profanation, to keep in,-- Whenas a thousand virgins on this day, Spring, sooner than the lark, to fetch in May.

CLOTHES Whenas in silks my Julia goes, Till, then, methinks, how sweetly flows That liquefaction of her clothes!

Oh then to lessen my despair, Print thy lips into the air, So by this Means, I may kiss thy kiss, Whenas some kind Wind Shall hither waft it:--And, in lieu, My lips shall send a thousand back to you.

The Gods do fear whenas they glow, And I do tremble when I think, Heigh ho, would she were mine!

Since Ronnie had been adhering to this particular routine longer than Terry himself, and had made a habit, when it was vacant, of sitting at the window table, Terry could hardly object whenas todaythe old man parked up his trolley against the table edge and joined him.

A many comely nymphs drew nigh to starboard and to larboard and, clinging to the sides of the noble bark, they linked their shining forms as doth the cunning wheelwright when he fashions about the heart of his wheel the equidistant rays whereof each one is sister to another and he binds them all with an outer ring and giveth speed to the feet of men whenas they ride to a hosting or contend for the smile of ladies fair.

He still felt it half a bell later, whenas he was congratulating his musicians and blushing from a kiss Areana had impulsively given himthe guards came.

As the great poet wrote: Whenas in silks my pheasant goes, then, then, methinks, how sweetly flows the liquifaction of her clothes.

The Gods do fear whenas they glow, And I do tremble when I think Heigh ho, would she were mine!