of·​ten·​times | \ ˈȯ-fən-ˌtīmz How to pronounce oftentimes (audio) , nonstandard ˈȯf-tən-\
variants: or ofttimes \ ˈȯf(t)-​ˌtīmz How to pronounce ofttimes (audio) \

Definition of oftentimes

: often, repeatedly the quickness of the hand oftentimes deceives the eye— W. V. Quine

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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.

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

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As such, extended family members and friends typically provide tons of food for the mourners, oftentimes enough to last the entire seven days of shiva. Arielle Kaplan, sun-sentinel.com, "Food is a constant during the shiva period," 31 July 2019 Season 4 of Hulu’s Veronica Mars is oftentimes overflowing with references and callbacks to the original series, the movie, and also the books that all came before this revival. Rachel Paige, refinery29.com, "Why Veronica Mars Season 4 Doesn't Have A Dash Of Piz," 25 July 2019 Daley said the Society of Jesus is officially committed to the Catholic Church's stance on homosexuality, but that Jesuits are oftentimes more flexible in dealing with situations such as the one that's transpired at Brebeuf. Andrew Clark, Indianapolis Star, "Brebeuf Jesuit Indianapolis controversy: What are Jesuits?," 20 June 2019 Typically, there are no other Texans there, and oftentimes there are no other U.S. artists. Deborah Martin, ExpressNews.com, "Blue Star Contemporary exhibit ‘Fünf’ spotlights Berlin residency," 21 June 2019 And oftentimes, one arrest is enough to get caught up in the criminal justice system. Allie Torgan, CNN, "He spent 15 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit. Now he's on a mission to help others.," 6 June 2019 White-knuckle travelers beware: The airports below are notorious for their tricky, and oftentimes terrifying, runways. Amanda Greene, Woman's Day, "10 Terrifying Airport Runways," 27 Apr. 2011 Milk paint and chalk paint are oftentimes confused, but they are made with different ingredients and each have their own distinct look. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Milk Paint: The Eco-Friendly Option That Everyone Should Know," 18 Apr. 2019 Unlike curtains, drapes are usually offered in stiffer, thicker fabrics, and are oftentimes sold custom-sized to fit your exact window dimensions. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Drapes or Curtains? Why Choosing the Right Window Treatment Matters," 27 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of oftentimes

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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of·​ten·​times | \ ˈȯ-fən-ˌtīmz How to pronounce oftentimes (audio) \

Kids Definition of oftentimes

: often When I gossip, I oftentimes regret it.

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