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  1. on some occasions; at times; now and then.
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Origin of sometimes

First recorded in 1520–30; sometime + -s1
Can be confusedsometime sometimes (see usage note at sometime)
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Related Words for sometimes

frequently, occasionally, consistently, constantly, periodically, intermittently, recurrently

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British Dictionary definitions for sometimes


  1. now and then; from time to time; occasionally
  2. obsolete formerly; sometime
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Word Origin and History for sometimes


"now and then," 1520s, from sometime + adverbial genitive -s.

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