oftentimes

adverb of·ten·times \ ˈȯ-fən-ˌtīmz , nonstandard ˈȯf-tən- \
variants: or ofttimes play \ˈȯf(t)-ˌtīmz\
Updated on: 5 Dec 2017

Definition of oftentimes

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

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Examples of oftentimes in a Sentence

  1. Oftentimes, he is the only man in the aerobics class.

  2. children oftentimes don't realize how quickly time passes

Recent Examples of oftentimes from the Web

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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

14th century


OFTENTIMES Defined for Kids

oftentimes

adverb of·ten·times \ ˈȯ-fən-ˌtīmz \

Definition of oftentimes for Students

: often When I gossip, I oftentimes regret it.


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