Betime Be*time", Betimes Be*times", adv. [Pref. be- (for by) + time; that is, by the proper time. The -s is an adverbial ending.] 1. In good season or time; before it is late; seasonably; early. [1913 Webster]

To measure life learn thou betimes. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

To rise betimes is often harder than to do all the day's work. --Barrow. [1913 Webster]

2. In a short time; soon; speedily; forth with. [1913 Webster]

He tires betimes that spurs too fast betimes. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

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  • betimes — [bē tīmz′, bitīmz′] adv. [ME bitimes < bi, BY + time,TIME + adv. gen. (e)s, S] Archaic 1. early or early enough [he awoke betimes] 2. promptly; quickly …   English World dictionary

  • betimes — at an early period, early 14c., from betime (c.1300, from BE (Cf. be ) + TIME (Cf. time)) + adverbial genitive s …   Etymology dictionary

  • betimes — *early, soon, beforehand Antonyms: unseasonably, inopportunely …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • betimes — ► ADVERB literary ▪ in good time; early …   English terms dictionary

  • betimes — adverb /bɪˈtaɪmz ,bəˈtaɪmz/ a) In good season or time; early, especially in the morning. I was up betimes in the morning, but Holmes was afoot earlier still, for I saw him as I dressed, coming up the drive. b) In a short time, soon. Smart lad to… …   Wiktionary

  • betimes — /bi tuymz /, adv. 1. early; in good time: He was up betimes doing his lessons. 2. occasionally; at times. 3. Archaic. within a short time; soon. [1275 1325; ME bitimes, equiv. to bitime (from phrase bi time by time) + s s1] * * * …   Universalium

  • betimes — adverb Date: 13th century 1. in good time ; early 2. archaic in a short time ; speedily 3. at times ; occasionally …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • betimes — Synonyms and related words: after a while, ahead, ahead of time, anon, at times, before, before long, beforehand, beforetime, by and by, directly, early, ere long, ever and again, ever and anon, foresightedly, here and there, in a moment, in a… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • betimes — (Roget s Thesaurus II) adverb 1. Before the expected time: ahead, beforehand, early. Idioms: ahead of time, in advance, with time to spare. See TIME. 2. Once in a while; at times: intermittently, occasionally, periodically, sometimes,… …   English dictionary for students

  • betimes — in short time; speedily Forthright s Forsoothery …   Phrontistery dictionary