oftentimes was our Word of the Day on 06/12/2017. Hear the podcast!
Examples of oftentimes in a Sentence
Oftentimes, he is the only man in the aerobics class.
children oftentimes don't realize how quickly time passes
Did You Know?
Despite its archaic, literary ring, oftentimes is quite alive today. In fact, it seems to be more popular even now than it was thirty years or so ago, appearing frequently both in written expressions and in quoted speech. Oftentimes was first used in the 14th century (the same century that gave us often), and its meaning hasn't changed - as meanings oftentimes will - in all that time. It was formed as an extension of its slightly older synonym ofttimes. Today ofttimes is less common, but oft (which comes from Old English and also means "often" or "frequently") is popular in combination with past participles, as in oft-praised.
First Known Use of oftentimes
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