[ 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.


Origin of sometime

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

Can be confused

sometime 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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