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From Middle English sumtymes, somtymes, som tymes, equivalent to sometime +‎ -s (adverbial suffix). Compare West Frisian somstiden (sometimes), Dutch somtijds, somwijlen (sometimes).


  • enPR: sŭmʹtīmz, IPA(key): /ˈsʌmtaɪmz/
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  • Hyphenation: some‧times


sometimes (not comparable)

  1. On certain occasions, or in certain circumstances, but not always. [from 16th c.]
    Sometimes I sit and think, but mostly I just sit.
    • a. 1667, Jeremy Taylor, “Agenda; or, Things to Be Done”, in The Whole Works of the Right Rev. Jeremy Taylor, D.D., volume III, London: Frederick Westley and A. H. Davis, published 1836, page 730:
      It is good that we sometimes be contradicted, and ill though of, and that we always bear it well, even when we deserve to be well spoken of : perfect peace and security cannot be had in this world.
    • 1897 December (indicated as 1898), Winston Churchill, chapter V, in The Celebrity: An Episode, New York, N.Y.: The Macmillan Company; London: Macmillan & Co., Ltd., OCLC 222716698:
      We made an odd party before the arrival of the Ten, particularly when the Celebrity dropped in for lunch or dinner. He could not be induced to remain permanently at Mohair because Miss Trevor was at Asquith, but he appropriated a Hempstead cart from the Mohair stables and made the trip sometimes twice in a day.
    • 2013 June 8, “Obama goes troll-hunting”, in The Economist, volume 407, number 8839, page 55:
      The solitary, lumbering trolls of Scandinavian mythology would sometimes be turned to stone by exposure to sunlight. Barack Obama is hoping that several measures announced on June 4th will have a similarly paralysing effect on their modern incarnation, the patent troll.
  2. (obsolete) On a certain occasion in the past; once. [16th–17th c.]



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sometimes (not comparable)

  1. (obsolete) Former; sometime.