[ bih-tahymz ]
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  1. early; in good time: He was up betimes doing his lessons.

  2. occasionally; at times.

  1. 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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How to use betimes in a sentence

  • He controlled himself betimes, bethinking him that, after all, there might be some reason in what this fat fellow said.

    St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
  • Let your orders for preparation go round tonight, so that your knaves may be ready to set out betimes to-morrow.

    St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
  • Up betimes and to my office preparing an account to give the Duke this morning of what we have of late done at the office.

  • Up and to my office all the morning, and great pleasure it is to be doing my business betimes.

  • Rose this morning early, only to try with intention to begin my last summer's course in rising betimes.

British Dictionary definitions for betimes


/ (bɪˈtaɪmz) /

  1. in good time; early

  2. in a short time; soon

Origin of betimes

C14 bitimes; see by, time

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