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[aw-fuh n-tahymz, of-uh n-; awf-tuh n, of-]
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  1. often.
Also oft·times [awft-tahymz, oft-, awf-, of-] /ˈɔftˌtaɪmz, ˈɒft-, ˈɔf-, ˈɒf-/.

Origin of oftentimes

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at often, time, -s1
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Examples from the Web for ofttimes

Historical Examples

  • The exponent of Rousseau was ofttimes "long preaching," like St. Paul.

    In the Heart of Vosges

    Matilda Betham-Edwards

  • True to his friends, if, indeed, he loves them; and ofttimes false to his own interest.


    H. Rider Haggard

  • Ofttimes he drew his sleeve across his face, but there was no damming that trickle.

    Peter and Wendy

    James Matthew Barrie

  • It is so darkened that ofttimes it seems to have been quite put out.

  • Strychnia alone, or with either of these oils, is ofttimes beneficial.

Word Origin and History for ofttimes


extended form of often, attested from early 15c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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