From kabar; properly, extent of time, i.e. A great while; hence, long ago, formerly, hitherto -- already, (seeing that which), now.
see HEBREW kabar
I. כְּבָר adverb (late) already (frequently in Mishna and Late Hebrew; כבר ᵑ7 (rare); Syriac usually perhaps, occas. already (Matthew 11:21; Hebrews 10:2); Mandean כבאר already, NöM. p. 202. Der. uncertain, connection with √ כבר being dubious) — already, Ecclesiastes 1:10 הָיָה כְּבָר it hath already been, 2:12, 16; 3:15 (twice in verse); 4:2; 6:10; 9:6-7,.