Webster 1828 Edition
BETI'MES, adverb [be and time, that is, by the time.]
1.Seasonably; in good season or time; before it is late.
To measure life learn thou betimes.
2.Soon; in a short time.
He tires betimes, that spurs too fast betimes.
betime (third-person singular simple present betimes, present participle betiming, simple past and past participle betimed)
From Middle English by-tyme (“by time”), equivalent to by + time.
betime (not comparable)
- 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.