Webster 1828 Edition



BETI'MES, adverb [be and time, that is, by the time.]
Seasonably; in good season or time; before it is late.
To measure life learn thou betimes.
Soon; in a short time.
He tires betimes, that spurs too fast betimes.

Definition 2023





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

  1. (intransitive) To occur; betide.

Etymology 2

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


betime (not comparable)

  1. betimes
    • 1868, Mary Frances Cusack, An Illustrated History of Ireland from AD 400 to 1800:
      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:
      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.