Definition of betimes in English:


Line breaks: be|times
Pronunciation: /bɪˈtʌɪmz


  • 1 archaic Before the usual or expected time; early: next morning I was up betimes
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    • People Rise Betimes to Quaff the Health-Giving Waters in Central Park.
    • And the LORD God of their fathers sent to them by his messengers, rising up betimes, and sending; because he had compassion on his people, and on his dwelling place:
    • Up very betimes and walked (my boy with me) to Mr. Cole’s, and after long waiting below, he being under the barber’s hands, I spoke with him, and he did give me much hopes of getting my debt that my brother owed me, and also that things would go well with my father.
  • 2chiefly North American Sometimes; on occasion.
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    • Waves so high that they disappeared into clouds, gales that betimes lifted the boat from the very sea, rain and hail, all manner of precipitation.
    • Since no man, of aught he leaves, knows aught, what is't to leave betimes?
    • ‘There is no Terry Spencer here,’ I said, only to discover an apologetic police officer now asking for Mr Joseph, saying betimes: ‘We have a lot of reports.’


Middle English: from obsolete betime (see by, time).

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