oft

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English oft (also ofte, often > Modern English often), from Old English oft (often), from Proto-Germanic *uftō (often). Cognate with German oft (oft, often) and Dutch oft. More at often.

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oft (comparative ofter, superlative oftest)

  1. (chiefly poetic, dialectal, and in combination) often; frequently; not rarely
    An oft-told tale
    • c. 1604–1605, William Shakespeare, “All’s VVell, that Ends VVell”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies [] (First Folio), London: [] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act II, scene i]:
      What I can do, can do no hurt to try:
      Since you ſet up your reſt 'gainſt remedy:
      He that of greateſt works is finiſher,
      Oft does them by the weakeſt miniſter;
      So holy writ in babes hath judgment ſhown,
      When judges have been babes.
    • 1819, George Gordon Byron, John Galt (biography), The Pophecy of Dante, Canto the Fourth, 1857, The Complete Works of Lord Byron, Volume 1, page 403,
      And how is it that they, the sons of fame,
      Whose inspiration seems to them to shine
      From high, they whom the nations oftest name,
      Must pass their days in penury or pain,
      Or step to grandeur through the paths of shame,
      And wear a deeper brand and gaudier chain?
    • 1902, James H. Mulligan, In Kentucky, quoted in 2005, Wade Hall (editor), The Kentucky Anthology, page 203,
      The moonlight falls the softest
      In Kentucky;
      The summer days come oftest
      In Kentucky;

Usage notes[edit]

  • In widespread contemporary use in combination.

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *ufta. Cognate with English oft and German oft.

Adverb[edit]

oft (comparative ofter, superlative oftst)

  1. (obsolete) often

Further reading[edit]

oft - instituut voor de Nederlandse taal


German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle High German ofte, oft, uft, from Old High German ofta, ofto, oftu, from Proto-Germanic *ufta, *uftō (often). Cognate with Dutch oft, English oft and often.

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Adverb[edit]

oft (comparative öfter, superlative am öftesten)

  1. often
    Synonyms: dauernd, des Öfteren, fortgesetzt, gehäuft, häufig, immer wieder, laufend, mehrfach, mehrmalig, mehrmals, öfter, öfters, oftmalig, oftmals, regelmäßig, ständig, vielfach, vielmals, wiederholt, x-mal, zigmal

Usage notes[edit]

  • The superlative is, for whatever reason, sometimes frowned upon and is predominantly replaced with am häufigsten in formal style. The comparative is also sometimes replaced with häufiger.

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Further reading[edit]

  • oft” in Duden online
  • oft” in Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache

Hunsrik[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

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oft

  1. often

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Icelandic[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse oft (often) and opt (oft, often).

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oft (comparative oftar, superlative oftast)

  1. often
    Ég fer oft í ræktina.
    I often go to the gym.
    Ég er oftast í tölvunni.
    I spend most of my time on the computer.
    Ég hef sigrað oftar en þú!
    I've won oftener than you!

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Old English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *ufta.

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Adverb[edit]

oft

  1. often

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Descendants[edit]

  • Middle English: ofte, oft
    • English: oft, often
    • Scots: aft, aften

Old Norse[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *ufta.

Adverb[edit]

oft

  1. often

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Old Saxon[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *ufta.

Adverb[edit]

oft

  1. often

Descendants[edit]

  • Low German: oft

Pennsylvania German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Compare German oft, English often, Swedish ofta.

Adverb[edit]

oft

  1. often, frequently

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Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From aht.

Noun[edit]

oft n (plural ofturi)

  1. sigh

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