[ awft, oft ]
/ ɔft, ɒft /

adverb Literary.

Origin of oft

before 900; Middle English oft(e), Old English oft; cognate with Old Frisian ofta, Old Saxon oft(o), German oft, Old Norse opt
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/ (ɒft) /


short for often (archaic or poetic except in combinations such as oft-repeated and oft-recurring)

Word Origin for oft

Old English oft; related to Old High German ofto

British Dictionary definitions for oft (2 of 2)


abbreviation for (in Britain)

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Word Origin and History for oft



Old English oft "often, frequently," from Proto-Germanic *ofta- "frequently" (cf. Old Frisian ofta, Danish ofte, Old High German ofto, German oft, Old Norse opt, Gothic ufta "often"), of unknown origin. Archaic except in compounds (e.g. oft-told), and replaced by its derivative often.

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