Oft is defined as short for often.
An example of oft is a poem referencing a voice often heard; the oft-heard voice.
Literary often: now chiefly in compounds: an oft-heard expression
Origin of oftMiddle English from OE, akin to German oft, Danish ofte, Swedish ofta, Gothic ufta
Often. Often used in combination: his oft-expressed philosophy; oft-repeated tales.
Origin of oftMiddle English from Old English; see upo in Indo-European roots.
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