- 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 by1 + time, time; see time + -es, adv. suff.; see –s3.