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From Middle English bitimes, from bi (by) + time + adverbial -s. Equivalent to by +‎ time +‎ -s, or betime +‎ -s. More at betime. Compare also betides.


  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /bɪˈtaɪmz /, /bəˈtaɪmz/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -aɪmz


betimes (not comparable)

  1. (dated) In good season or time; early, especially in the morning; seasonably.
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, [] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, [], OCLC 964384981, Job 24:5:
      Behold, as wilde asses in the desart, goe they foorth to their worke, rising betimes for a pray: the wildernes yeeldeth food for them, and for their children.
    • 1886-88, Richard F. Burton, The Supplemental Nights to the Thousand Nights and a Night:
      They slept well that night and betimes next morning the mother of Alaeddin arose and went with her bowl to the King's court which she found closed.
    • 1896, A. E. Housman, "To An Athlete Dying Young," in A Shropshire Lad:
      Smart lad to slip betimes away
      From fields where glory does not stay.
    • 1902, Arthur Conan Doyle, chapter 13, in The Hound of the Baskervilles:
      I was up betimes in the morning, but Holmes was afoot earlier still, for I saw him as I dressed, coming up the drive.
    • 1982, Lawrence Durrell, Constance, Faber & Faber 2004 (Avignon Quintet), p. 786:
      However they dined very early, for the winter dusk fell betimes at this season [...].
  2. (archaic) In a short time, soon; quickly, forthwith.
    • 1898, The High History of the Holy Graal, translated by Sebastian Evans, Branch IX, Title II:
      [O]ne prayed God right heartily aloud that He would send them betimes a knight that durst convoy them through this strait pass.
    • 1839, Doctrine and Covenants 121:43[1]:
      Reproving betimes with sharpness...and afterward showing forth an increase of love toward him whom thou hast reproved []