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[tahy-muh s]
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adjective Chiefly Scot.
  1. timely; sufficiently early.
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Origin of timeous

1425–75; time + -ous; replacing late Middle English (Scots) tymys (see -ish1)
Related formstime·ous·ly, adverb
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Historical Examples

  • Wait on for God's timeous salvation; ask not when, or how long?

    Letters of Samuel Rutherford

    Samuel Rutherford

  • Timeous and dubiety are bad, simply as not authorized by any but local usage.

  • Timeous in the morning of August 22d, an express was sent off to Lochiel to command his attendance.

British Dictionary definitions for timeous


  1. Scot in good time; sufficiently earlya timeous warning
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Derived Formstimeously, adverb

Word Origin

C15: Scottish; see time, -ous
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Word Origin and History for timeous


"timely," late 15c., from time (n.) + -ous. Related: Timeously.

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