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tyme (countable and uncountable, plural tymes)

  1. Archaic spelling of time.
    • 1588, Ffraunces Morgan, Chancery Procedings, Series II, 222/83[1]:
      in the ſaid Leafe did promyſe and Covenante to and wth the ſaid Giles Allen to build in & vpon the demiſed [premiſſes 4-3] buildings for Tenementes to be errected vpon the premiſſes the ſome of two hundrethe poundes and the ſame to be done and fyniſhed by a certain tyme [5-9]
    • 1602, William Combe and John Combe, “The original Conveyance of over a hundred acres of land from William and John Combe to Shakespeare”, in Shakespeare Estate Records[2]:
      the saide John Combe, his heires and assignes, shall and will, from tyme to tyme, and at all tymes herafter, well and sufficientlie save and keepe harmles and indempnified as well the saide fowre yardes of errable lande
    • 1629, Charter of Massachusetts Bay[3]:
      And the newe elected Deputie Governor and Assistants, and all other officers to be hereafter chosen as aforesaide from Tyme to Tyme, to take the Oathes to their places respectivelie belonging, before the Governor of the said Company for the Tyme being, vnto which said Governor, Deputie Governor, and assistants
    • 2000, Heather J. Kintyre, A Future History: The Tanner Chronicles[4], iUniverse, ↑ISBN, page 128:
      While Pan slept, the tyme machine was communicating with Skyn regarding Pan.


Middle EnglishEdit



  1. time
    • 1407, The Testimony of William Thorpe, pages 40–41
      And I seide, “Ser, in his tyme maister Ioon Wiclef was holden of ful many men the grettis clerk that thei knewen lyuynge vpon erthe. And therwith he was named, as I gesse worthili, a passing reuli man and an innocent in al his lyuynge. And herfore grete men of kunnynge and other also drowen myche to him, and comownede ofte with him. And thei sauouriden so his loore that thei wroten it bisili and enforsiden hem to rulen hem theraftir… Maister Ion Aston taughte and wroot acordingli and ful bisili, where and whanne and to whom he myghte, and he vsid it himsilf, I gesse, right perfyghtli vnto his lyues eende. Also Filip of Repintoun whilis he was a chanoun of Leycetre, Nycol Herforde, dane Geffrey of Pikeringe, monke of Biland and a maistir dyuynyte, and Ioon Purueye, and manye other whiche weren holden rightwise men and prudent, taughten and wroten bisili this forseide lore of Wiclef, and conformeden hem therto. And with alle these men I was ofte homli and I comownede with hem long tyme and fele, and so bifore alle othir men I chees wilfulli to be enformed bi hem and of hem, and speciali of Wiclef himsilf, as of the moost vertuous and goodlich wise man that I herde of owhere either knew. And herfore of Wicleef speciali and of these men I toke the lore whiche I haue taughte and purpose to lyue aftir, if God wole, to my lyues ende.”