betimes

[ bih-tahymz ]
/ bɪˈtaɪmz /

adverb

early; in good time: He was up betimes doing his lessons.
occasionally; at times.
Archaic. within a short time; soon.

Nearby words

  1. bethsabee,
  2. bethsaida,
  3. bethune,
  4. bethune, mary mcleod,
  5. betide,
  6. betjeman,
  7. betjeman, sir john,
  8. betoken,
  9. betony,
  10. betook

Origin of betimes

1275–1325; Middle English bitimes, equivalent to bitime (from phrase bi time by time) + -s -s1

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British Dictionary definitions for betimes

betimes

/ (bɪˈtaɪmz) /

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

betimes

adv.

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

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