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betimes

[bih-tahymz] /bɪˈtaɪmz/
adverb
1.
early; in good time:
He was up betimes doing his lessons.
2.
occasionally; at times.
3.
Archaic. within a short time; soon.
Origin
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English bitimes, equivalent to bitime (from phrase bi time by time) + -s -s1
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Examples for betimes
  • 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.
  • betimes next morning the forester got up and went out hunting, and when he was gone the children were still in bed.
  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for betimes

betimes

/bɪˈtaɪmz/
adverb (archaic)
1.
in good time; early
2.
in a short time; soon
Word Origin
C14 bitimes; see by, time
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Word Origin and History for betimes
betimes
"at an early period," early 14c., from be- + time (q.v.) + adv. gen. -s.
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