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[bih-tahymz] /bɪˈtaɪmz/
early; in good time:
He was up betimes doing his lessons.
occasionally; at times.
Archaic. within a short time; soon.
Origin of betimes
1275-1325; Middle English bitimes, equivalent to bitime (from phrase bi time by time) + -s -s1 Unabridged
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  • 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


adverb (archaic)
in good time; early
in a short time; soon
Word Origin
C14 bitimes; see by, time
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Word Origin and History for betimes

"at an early period," early 14c., from betime (c.1300, from be- + time) + adverbial genitive -s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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