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Etymology

Middle English bitimes, from bi (by) + time and adverbial -s.

Pronunciation

Adverb

betimes (not comparable)

Positive
betimes

Comparative
not comparable

Superlative
none (absolute)

  1. In good season or time; early, especially in the morning.
    • 1902, Arthur Conan Doyle, The Hound of the Baskervilles, ch. 13,
      I was up betimes in the morning, but Holmes was afoot earlier still, for I saw him as I dressed, coming up the drive.
    • 1896, A. E. Houseman, "To An Athlete Dying Young," in A Shropshire Lad,
      Smart lad to slip betimes away
      From fields where glory does not stay.
  2. (archaic) In a short time, soon.
    • 1898, The High History of the Holy Graal, translated by Sebastian Evans, Branch IX, Title II,
      [O]ne prayed God right heartily aloud that He would send them betimes a knight that durst convoy them through this strait pass.

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