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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

Etymology 1Edit

From Old French thym, from Latin thymum, from Ancient Greek θύμον (thúmon).

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tyme (uncountable)

  1. thyme (plants in the genus Thymus)

Etymology 2Edit

From Old English tīma, from Proto-Germanic *tīmô. Doublet of demon.

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tyme (plural tymes or tymen)

  1. time (as a concept)
  2. A specific duration or period of time; the following specific uses are most common:
    • 1407, The Testimony of William Thorpe, pages 40–41
      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”
    1. A reign; a period of time where a person holds an office.
    2. A lifetime; the time which a person's life is composed of.
    3. A portion of a larger period of time (e.g. a year; a day), especially a season or yeartide.
    4. A step or stage of a process or event.
    5. A ephemeral, momentane or very short duration; a point of time or instance.
  3. A generic reference to some vaguely-specified or unspecified duration or point of time.
  4. An occasion, event, or occurence; a specific time.
  5. times; multiplied by (usually in the plural)
  6. Specifies the ratio of comparison in a comparative sentence.
  7. (grammar) Verbal tense; the way time is morphologically marked on a verb.
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Etymology 3Edit

From Old French teme.



  1. Alternative form of teme (topic)