- early; in good time: He was up betimes doing his lessons.
- occasionally; at times.
- Archaic. within a short time; soon.
Origin of betimes
1275–1325; Middle English bitimes, equivalent to bitime (from phrase bi time by time) + -s -s1
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Examples from the Web for betimes
She sent for me betimes, and I went in fear and trembling of her wrath and scorn.The Shame of Motley
They do call me 'Darby the Blast' betimes, av that 'a a name.Tom Burke Of "Ours", Volume II (of II)
Charles James Lever
She would be betimes at the hospital to-morrow, and she would leave it late.The Long Roll
The next morning betimes Ben presented himself at the Emporium.In Apple-Blossom Time
Clara Louise Burnham
An' what'll the master be sayin' if he's wantin' you betimes?Reels and Spindles
- in good time; early
- in a short time; soon
C14 bitimes; see by, time
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Word Origin and History for betimes
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