Definition of betimes in English:



  • Before the usual or expected time; early.

    ‘next morning I was up betimes’
    • ‘And the LORD God of their fathers sent to them by his messengers, rising up betimes, and sending; because he had compassion on his people, and on his dwelling place:’
    • ‘Up very betimes and walked (my boy with me) to Mr. Cole’s, and after long waiting below, he being under the barber’s hands, I spoke with him, and he did give me much hopes of getting my debt that my brother owed me, and also that things would go well with my father.’
    • ‘People Rise Betimes to Quaff the Health-Giving Waters in Central Park.’
    • ‘Up pretty betimes, but yet I observe how my dancing and lying a morning or two longer than ordinary for my cold do make me hard to rise as I used to do, or look after my business as I am wont.’
    • ‘Up betimes, my wife having a mind to have gone abroad with me, but I had not because of troubling me, and so left her, though against my will, to go and see her father and mother by herself.’


Middle English: from obsolete betime (see by, time).