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from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To occur; betide.
  • adv. betimes

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In good season or time; before it is late; seasonably; early.
  • adv. In a short time; soon; speedily; forth with.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Older form of betimes.


From Middle English bitimen ("to happen"), equivalent to be- +‎ time. Compare betide. (Wiktionary)
From Middle English by-tyme ("by time"), equivalent to by +‎ time. (Wiktionary)



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