of·​ten·​times ˈȯ-fən-ˌtīmz How to pronounce oftentimes (audio)
: on many occasions : often
The quickness of the hand oftentimes deceives the eye.W. V. Quine
Seemingly untoward events oftentimes lead to successful results.Herman Melville
Oftentimes they were asleep, but occasionally might be heard talking together …Nathaniel Hawthorne
A man's ignorance sometimes is not only useful, but beautiful – while his knowledge, so called, is oftentimes worse than useless …Henry David Thoreau
Oftentimes cyclists mistake dehydration for hunger.Brian Wansink

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Despite its archaic, literary ring, oftentimes is quite alive today. In fact, it seems to be more popular now than it was in past decades, appearing frequently both in written expression and in 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.

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
Recent Examples on the Web While warning signs such as chest discomfort, shortness of breath, weakness and heart palpitations can occur, oftentimes sudden cardiac arrest happens without warning. Raven Brunner, Peoplemag, 19 June 2024 Now and then there may be the occasional A-lister like A$AP Rocky, but oftentimes the people outside the DVN show are real customers of the brand. Phil Oh, Vogue, 18 June 2024 Doncic finished with 29 points, five rebounds and five assists, but his three steals were atypical of his usual, oftentimes lousy effort on the defensive end. Kristian Winfield, New York Daily News, 13 June 2024 Their story highlighted the complexities of navigating two cultures, and oftentimes two languages. Andrea Flores, Los Angeles Times, 30 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for oftentimes 

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of oftentimes was in the 14th century


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“Oftentimes.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oftentimes. Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

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of·​ten·​times -ˌtīmz How to pronounce oftentimes (audio)
variants or ofttimes
: often

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