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From Middle Dutch oit. The further etymology is not clear, as there are no parallels in other languages. Possibly a combination of Old Dutch io and *jit (cognate with German jetzt; Old English ġiet > Modern English yet), although this leaves the initial o- unexplained.


  • IPA(key): /oːi̯t/
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  • Hyphenation: ooit
  • Rhymes: -oːi̯t



  1. sometime (in the future)
    ooit zal ik er heen gaan
    I will go around there sometime in the future
  2. ever
    heb je ooit getennist?
    have you ever played tennis?
  3. once (in the past)
    Zo miste hij ooit het NK dammen in Utrecht omdat hij in de trein in slaap was gevallen en enkele keren tussen Groningen en Zwolle heen en weer was gereden.
    So once he missed the NK checkers [tournament] in Utrecht because he had fallen asleep in the train and had ridden a few times back and forth between Groningen and Zwolle.
  4. (proscribed, postpositive, modifying a superlative noun phrase) of all time, ever
    Synonym: aller tijden


Derived terms[edit]


  • Berbice Creole Dutch: oiti
  • Jersey Dutch: ôit
  • Negerhollands: ooit