- early or early enough: he awoke betimes
- promptly; quickly
Origin of betimesMiddle English bitimes from bi, by + time, time + -(e)s, adverbial genitive: see -s (sense )
- In good time; early: “A beneficent microclimate brings out the camellias betimes” ( John Russell )
- Once in a while; on occasion.
- Quickly; soon.
Origin of betimesMiddle English bitimes bi by ; see by 1. time time ; see time . -es adv. suff. ; see -s 3.