See also: OFT

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

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.

PronunciationEdit

AdverbEdit

oft (comparative ofter, superlative oftest)

  1. (chiefly poetic, dialectal, and in combination) often; frequently; not rarely
    An oft-told tale
    • c. 1604–1605 (date written), 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 notesEdit

  • In widespread contemporary use in combination.

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DutchEdit

EtymologyEdit

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

AdverbEdit

oft (comparative ofter, superlative oftst)

  1. (obsolete) often

Further readingEdit

oft - instituut voor de Nederlandse taal


GermanEdit

EtymologyEdit

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.

PronunciationEdit

AdverbEdit

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 notesEdit

  • 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.

SynonymsEdit

Further readingEdit

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

HunsrikEdit

PronunciationEdit

AdverbEdit

oft

  1. often

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IcelandicEdit

EtymologyEdit

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

PronunciationEdit

AdverbEdit

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!

Derived termsEdit


Old EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Germanic *ufta.

PronunciationEdit

AdverbEdit

oft

  1. often

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DescendantsEdit

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

Old NorseEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Germanic *ufta.

AdverbEdit

oft

  1. often

DescendantsEdit


Old SaxonEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Germanic *ufta.

AdverbEdit

oft

  1. often

DescendantsEdit

  • Low German: oft

Pennsylvania GermanEdit

EtymologyEdit

Compare German oft, English often, Swedish ofta.

AdverbEdit

oft

  1. often, frequently

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RomanianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From aht.

NounEdit

oft n (plural ofturi)

  1. sigh

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