Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A performer who keeps good time.
  • n. A timeserver.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A performer who keeps good time.
  • n. A timeserver.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In music, a performer considered with reference to his power to observe rhythmical and metrical relations. Thus, a violinist may have an accurate sense of intonation, and yet be a poor timist. Also timeist.
  • n. One who conforms to the times; a time-server.

Etymologies

time +‎ -ist (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The leader would cry out in a nasal tone, "All please sound," when the pitch would be taken by the four parts led by the timist to the successful finish.

    Sixty Years of California Song

  • Urania smiled, and felt meritorious in that, after being chosen as one of the four for this very 'Zampa,' she had failed ignominiously as a timist, and had been compelled to cede her place to another pupil.

    The Golden Calf

  • As for me, I derived but one benefit from my old violin accompanier, that of becoming a good timist; in every other respect I received nothing but injury from our joint performances, getting into incorrigible habits of bad fingering, and of making up my bass with unscrupulous simplifications of the harmony, quite content if

    Records of a Girlhood

  • Those whose musical creed is Time before Sentiment might have put up with this night-bird; for to do her justice she was a perfect timist -- one crake in a bar the livelong night; but her tune -- ugh!

    It Is Never Too Late to Mend

  • Lucy then explained "that the masked ball suggested by Mr. Talboys 'beautiful dresses was to be very soon, and she wanted Mr. Dodd to practice quadrilles and waltzes with her; it will be so much better with the violin and piano than with a piano alone, and you are such an excellent timist -- will you, Mr. Dodd?"

    Love Me Little, Love Me Long

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