indefinite or indeterminate point of time
: He will arrive sometime next week.
at an indefinite future time
: Come to see me sometime.
at one time
having been formerly; former: The diplomat was a sometime professor of history at Oxford.
being so only at times
or to some
extent: Traveling so much, he could never be more than a sometime husband.
that cannot be depended upon regarding affections or loyalties: He was well rid of his sometime girlfriend.
Origin: 1250–1300; Middle English;
Can be confused: sometime, sometimes
(see usage note at the current entry).
The adverb sometime is written as one word: He promised to paint the garage sometime soon. The two-word form some time means “an unspecified interval or period of time”: It will take some time for the wounds to heal.