[ suhm-tahym ]
/ ˈsʌmˌtaɪm /


at some indefinite or indeterminate point of time: He will arrive sometime next week.
at an indefinite future time: Come to see me sometime.
Archaic. sometimes; on some occasions.
Archaic. at one time; formerly.


Nearby words

  1. something like,
  2. something of a,
  3. something or other,
  4. something tells me,
  5. something thing, a,
  6. sometimes,
  7. someway,
  8. somewhat,
  9. somewhen,
  10. somewhere

Origin of sometime

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at some, time

Can be confusedsometime sometimes (see usage note at the current entry)

Usage note

The adverb sometime is written as one word: He promised to paint the garage sometime soon. The two-word form some time means “an unspecified interval or period of time”: It will take some time for the wounds to heal. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for sometime

British Dictionary definitions for sometime


/ (ˈsʌmˌtaɪm) /


at some unspecified point of time


(prenominal) having been at one time; formerthe sometime President
(prenominal) US occasional; infrequent


The form sometime should not be used to refer to a fairly long period of time: he has been away for some time (not for sometime)

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Word Origin and History for sometime



late 13c., "at one time or another" (adv.); as an adjective, late 15c. Meaning "at some future time" is late 14c. From some + time (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper