from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. In good time; early: "A beneficent microclimate brings out the camellias betimes” ( John Russell).
  • adv. Once in a while; on occasion.
  • adv. Archaic Quickly; soon.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. In good season or time; early, especially in the morning.
  • adv. In a short time, soon.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Seasonably; in good season or time; before it is too late; early.
  • Soon; in a short time.
  • Occasionally; at times.
  • Synonyms Early, Soon, Betimes. See early.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. in good time


Middle English bitimes : bi, by; see by1 + time, time; see time + -es, adv. suff.; see -s3.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English bitimes, from bi ("by") + time and adverbial -s. (Wiktionary)



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