betime

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English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

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

Verb[edit]

betime (third-person singular simple present betimes, present participle betiming, simple past and past participle betimed)

  1. (intransitive) To occur; betide.

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English by-tyme (by time), equivalent to by +‎ time.

Adverb[edit]

betime (not comparable)

  1. betimes
    • 1868, Mary Frances Cusack, An Illustrated History of Ireland from AD 400 to 1800[1]:
      Send succours (lords), and stop the rage betime, Before the wound do grow uncurable; For being green, there is great hope of help."
    • 1907, Michael Drayton, Minor Poems of Michael Drayton[2]:
      Her feature all as fresh aboue, As is the grasse that grows by Doue, as lyth as lasse of Kent: Her skin as soft as Lemster wooll, As white as snow on peakish hull, or Swanne that swims in Trent. 30 This mayden in a morne betime, Went forth when May was in her prime, to get sweet Cetywall, The hony-suckle, the Harlocke, The Lilly and the Lady-smocke, to decke her summer hall.

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