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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for betimes

early, anon, occasionally, prematurely, shortly, soon, speedily

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adverb archaic

in good time; early
in a short time; soon

Word Origin for betimes

C14 bitimes; see by, time
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Word Origin and History for betimes

"at an early period," early 14c., from betime (c.1300, from be- + time) + adverbial genitive -s.

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