- (General American) IPA(key): /ɔft/, enPR: ôft
- (cot–caught merger, Canada) IPA(key): /ɑft/, enPR: ŏft
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ɒft/, enPR: ŏft
- Rhymes: -ɒft
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- (chiefly poetic, dialectal, and in combination) often; frequently; not rarely
- An oft-told tale
- 1623, William Shakespeare, All's Well That Ends Well, Act II, Scene 1, 1765, Samuel Johnson, George Steevens (editors), The Plays of William Shakespeare, Volume 4, 1778, page 45,
- 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;
- In widespread contemporary use in combination.
often; frequently; not rarely; many times
- The comparative is occasionally replaced with häufiger. The superlative, although correct and existent, is not in widespread usage everywhere and is generally replaced with häufigsten.
- dauernd, des Öfteren, fortgesetzt, gehäuft, häufig, immer wieder, laufend, mehrfach, mehrmalig, mehrmals, öfter, öfters, oftmalig, oftmals, regelmäßig, ständig, vielfach, vielmals, wiederholt, x-mal, zigmal
- (colloquial, figuratively): dutzendfach, dutzendmal, hundertmal, tausendmal, millionenmal
- oft in Duden online
- Rhymes: -ɔft
- oftar en ekki (more often than not)