oft (adv.)

Old English oft "often, frequently," from Proto-Germanic *ufta- "frequently" (source also of Old Frisian ofta, Danish ofte, Old High German ofto, German oft, Old Norse opt, Gothic ufta "often"), of unknown origin, perhaps [Watkins] from a suffixed form of PIE root *upo "under." Archaic except in compounds (such as oft-told), and replaced by its derivative often.

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