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

1275–1325; Middle English bitimes, equivalent to bitime (from phrase bi time by time) + -s -s1 Unabridged
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betimes (bɪˈtaɪmz)
1.  in good time; early
2.  in a short time; soon
[C14 bitimes; see by, time]

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Word Origin & History

"at an early period," early 14c., from be- + time (q.v.) + adv. gen. -s.
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Example sentences
Some of them were poets or novelists first and critics only betimes.
There is no use running: to set out betimes is the main point.
One hundred speculators, for instance, got up betimes and felt that the wind was blowing.
It was his wont to retire early, for he rose betimes to build the fires and pre pare for the labors of the day.
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