Definition of oft in US English:



  • in combination ‘an oft-quoted tenet’
    archaic, poetic/literary, or jocular form of often
    • ‘How oft when men are at the point of death have they been merry!’
    • ‘This very familiar and oft repeated saying takes its origin from a circumstance which occurred many years ago in Carlisle.’
    • ‘I don't suppose even the full concert version, let alone the vigil will be oft performed, which is a shame.’
    • ‘In this book review he discusses symbiosis in evolution, an oft neglected part of the whole evolutionary story.’
    • ‘This week of the opening of the baseball season is an appropriate time to recall an incident that has oft been mistold in the retelling.’
    • ‘Did she consider this a chance to tell her personal side of an oft - reported story?’
    • ‘As is oft said, we are indeed a fortunate lot to live in a city that has such good radio stations.’
    • ‘He even won one at Blackburn, a fact oft forgotten.’
    • ‘I don't sleep very heavily and my creative moments oft come in the latest of hours, so naturally night is my time in the summer.’
    • ‘It was a touchstone for unity in an oft fractured region.’
    • ‘She questioned the Government's oft repeated announcements of winning the hearts and minds of people.’
    • ‘Despite the oft disparaging remarks about wives, we are of course a lovely bunch.’
    • ‘Finally, regardless of who ultimately holds the keys to scientific knowledge, what happens to nature, the oft purported object of science?’
    • ‘Yet the course of true love oft runs at the side to father's hate.’
    • ‘The oft heard phrase in football is that defense wins games.’
    • ‘Similarly, the great bugbear ‘neo-liberalism’ was oft decried but never defined.’
    • ‘The other oft trotted-out truism is that the yard supports far more people than just the shipbuilders.’
    • ‘The textile industry, oft hailed as a saviour to poor countries with abundant cheap labour, hasn't boomed as expected.’
    • ‘Those jokes will certainly be oft repeated during the course of the current federal election campaign.’
    • ‘There is another more serious allegation, oft repeated, that I'd like to lay to rest.’


Old English, of Germanic origin; related to German oft.