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Definition of oft

"oft" in the adverb sense

1. frequently, often, oftentimes, oft, ofttimes

many times at short intervals

"we often met over a cup of coffee"

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Quotations for oft

He is oft the wisest man
Who is not wise at all. [ Wordsworth ]

Oft in the tranquil hour of night
When stars illume the sky,
I gaze upon each orb of light.
And wish that thou wert by. [ George Linley ]

Use gentle words, for who can tell
The blessings they impart?
How oft they fall, as manna falls,
On some nigh-fainting heart. [ Ethel L. Beers ]

For Freedom's battle once begun,
Bequeath'd by bleeding sire to son.
Though baffled oft is ever won. [ Byron ]

O, though oft oppressed and lonely,
All my fears are laid aside,
If I but remember only
Such as these have lived and died! [ Longfellow ]

Nonsense and noise will oft prevail,
When honor and affection fail. [ Lloyd ]

Have you not heard it said full oft,
A woman's nay doth stand for nought? [ Shakespeare ]

A maid oft seen, and a gown oft worn,
Are disesteemed, and held in scorn. [ Proverb ]

Loan oft loses both itself and friend. [ William Shakespeare, Hamlet ]

A smile abroad is oft a scowl at home. [ Alfred Tennyson ]

The wind breath'd soft a lover's sigh,
And, oft renew'd, seem'd oft to die
With breathless pause between,
O who, with speech of war and woes,
Would wish to break the soft repose
Of such enchanting scene! [ Scott ]

And oft a retrospect delights the mind. [ Dante ]

Best men oft are moulded out of faults. [ William Shakespeare ]

Beware of flattery, It is a weed
Which oft offends the very idol - vice,
Whose shrine it would perfume. [ Fenton ]

It is ever so! affection feeds
Sometimes on flowers, how oft on weeds! [ J. F. Wiffen ]

We know that wealth well understood,
Hath frequent power of doing good;
Then fancy that the thing is done,
As if the power and will were one;
Thus oft the cheated crowd adore,
The thriving knaves that keep them poor. [ Gay ]

The few that pray at all pray oft amiss. [ Cowper ]

Lofty thought lies oft in childish play. [ Johann C. F. Von Schiller ]

Full oft have letters caused the writers
To curse the day they were inditers. [ Butler ]

And therefore is love said to be a child,
Because in choice he is so oft beguiled. [ William Shakespeare, Midsummer Night's Dream, Act I. Sc.1 ]

Vice is a monster of so frightful mien,
As, to be hated, needs but to be seen;
Yet seen too oft, familiar with her face,
We first endure, then pity, then embrace. [ Alexander Pope ]

Oft Expectation fails, and most oft there
Where most it promises. [ William Shakespeare ]

Neither a borrower nor a lender be:
For loan oft loses both itself and friend.
And borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry. [ William Shakespeare, Hamlet ]

Discord oft in music makes the sweeter lay. [ Spenser ]

Oft my jealousy shapes faults that are not. [ William Shakespeare ]

Our doubts are traitors
And make us lose the good we oft might win.
By fearing to attempt. [ William Shakespeare ]

From small fires comes oft no small mishap. [ George Herbert ]

Stillest streams
Oft water greenest meadows; and the bird
That flutters least is longest on the wing. [ William Cowper ]

Alas! sorrow from happiness is oft evolved. [ Goethe ]

Lend me thy clarion goodness! let me try
To sound the praise of merit ere it dies.
Such as I oft have chanced to espy,
Lost in the dreary shades of dull obscurity. [ Shenstone ]

Oft have I heard that grief softens the mind
And makes it fearful and degenerate. [ William Shakespeare ]

But dreams full oft are found of real events
The form and shadows. [ Joanna Baillie ]

Memory, and thou, Forgetfulness, not yet
Your powers in happy harmony I find;
One oft recalls what I would fain forget,
And one blots out what I would bear in mind. [ Macedonius ]

God oft hath a great share in a little house. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]

How oft, when men are at the point of death.
Have they been merry! which their keepers call
A lightning before death. [ William Shakespeare ]

Not oft near home does genius brightly shine,
No more than precious stones while in the mine. [ Omar Khayyam ]

Not a man, for being simply man,
Hath any honour, but honour for those honours
That are without him, as place, riches, favour,
Prizes of accident, as oft as merit. [ William Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida ]

There are things
Which make revenge a virtue by reflection,
And not an impulse of mere anger; though
The laws sleep, justice wakes, and injured souls
Oft do a public right with private wrong. [ Byron ]

Genius! thou gift of Heaven! thou Light divine!
Amid what dangers art thou doom'd to shine!
Oft will the body's weakness check thy force,
Oft damp thy Vigour, and impede thy course;
And trembling nerves compel thee to restrain
Thy noble efforts, to contend with pain;
Or Want (sad guest!) will in thy presence come,
And breathe around her melancholy gloom:
To Life's low cares will thy proud thought confine,
And make her sufferings, her impatience, thine. [ Crabbe ]

And otherwhyles with amorous delights
And pleasing toyes he would her entertaine.
Now singing sweetly to surprise her sprights,
Now making layes of love and lover's paine,
Bransles, ballads, virelayes, and verses vaine!
Oft purposes, oft riddles, he devys'd;
And thousands like which flowed in his braine,
With which he fed her fancy, and entys'd
To take to his new love, and leave her old despys'd. [ Spenser ]

These wickets of the soul are placed so high,
Because all sounds do highly move aloft;
And that they may not pierce too violently,
They are delay'd with turns and twinings oft.
For should the voice directly strike the brain,
It would astonish and confuse it much;
Therefore these plaits and folds the sound restrain,
That it the organ may more gently touch. [ Sir John Davies ]

Mightier far
Than strength of nerve or sinew, or the sway
Of magic potent over sun and star,
Is love, though oft to agony distrest,
And though his favorite seat be feeble woman's breast. [ Wordsworth ]

He that does what he will, oft does not what he ought. [ Proverb ]

Full oft we see cold wisdom waiting on superfluous folly. [ Shakespeare ]

He who would pry behind the scenes oft sees a counterfeit. [ Dryden ]

Heaven oft in mercy smites, even when the blow severest is. [ Joanna Baillie ]

Oft times many things fall out between the cup and the lip. [ Greene ]

Gods, that never change their state, vary oft their love and hate. [ Waller ]

Oft in dreams invention we bestow to change a flounce or add a furbelow. [ Pope ]

Rash combat oft immortalizes man. If he should fall, he is renowned in song. [ Goethe ]

Though authority be a stubborn bear, yet he is oft led by the nose with gold. [ William Shakespeare ]

He that is respectless in his courses oft sells his reputation at cheap market. [ Ben Jonson ]

The mines of knowledge are oft laid bare through the forked hazel wand of chance. [ Tupper ]

The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones. [ William Shakespeare ]

Till their own dreams at length deceive them, And oft repeating, they believe them. [ Prior ]

My thoughts, imprisoned in my secret woes, with flamy breaths do issue oft in sound. [ Sir P. Sidney ]

Oft the cloud that wraps the present hour serves but to brighten all our future days. [ Wm. Browne ]

Fortune's unjust; she ruins oft the brave, and him who should be victor, makes the slave. [ Dryden ]

Reputation is an idle and most false imposition: oft got without merit, and lost without deserving. [ William Shakespeare ]

Oft in my way have I stood still, though but a casual passenger, so much I felt the awfulness of life. [ Wordsworth ]

Petitions, not sweetened with gold, are but unsavory and oft refused: or, if received, are pocketed, not read. [ Massinger ]

Oft have I thought - jabber as he will, how learned soever, man knows nothing but what he has learned from experience! [ Wieland ]

O form! how oft dost thou with thy case, thy habit, wrench awe from fools, and tie the wiser souls to thy false seeming! [ William Shakespeare ]

Costly thy habit as thy purse can buy, but not expressed in fancy; rich, not gaudy; for the apparel oft proclaims the man. [ William Shakespeare ]

We know there oft is found an avarice in grief; and the war eye of sorrow loves to gaze upon its secret hoard of treasured woes, and pine in solitude. [ William Mason ]

For it comes to pass oft that a terrible oath, with a swaggering accent sharply twanged off, gives manhood more approbation than ever proof itself would have earned him. [ William Shakespeare ]

How oft my guardian angel gently cried, Soul, from thy casement look, and thou shalt see How he persists to knock and wait for thee! And, O! how often to that voice of sorrow, Tomorrow we will open, I replied. And when the morrow came I answered still, Tomorrow. [ Tome Burguillos ]

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oft in Scrabble®

The word oft is playable in Scrabble®, no blanks required.

Scrabble® Letter Score: 6

Highest Scoring Scrabble® Plays In The Letters oft:

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All Scrabble® Plays For The Word oft

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The 32 Highest Scoring Scrabble® Plays For Words Using The Letters In oft

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oft in Words With Friends™

The word oft is playable in Words With Friends™, no blanks required.

Words With Friends™ Letter Score: 6

Highest Scoring Words With Friends™ Plays In The Letters oft:

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All Words With Friends™ Plays For The Word oft

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The 33 Highest Scoring Words With Friends™ Plays Using The Letters In oft

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Words within the letters of oft

2 letter words in oft (2 words)

3 letter words in oft (1 word)

oft + 1 blank (7 words)

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Word Growth involving oft

Shorter words in oft

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Longer words containing oft

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croft crofting
croft crofts
loft aloft
loft cockloft cocklofts
loft hayloft haylofts
loft lofted
loft loftier
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loft lofts cocklofts
loft lofts haylofts
loft lofty
often oftener softener softeners
often oftenest
often oftentime oftentimes
often soften resoften resoftened
often soften resoften resoftening
often soften resoften resoftens
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often soften softener softeners
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often soften unsoftenable
ofttimes
rooftile rooftiles
rooftop rooftops
soft semisoft
soft softa softas
soft softback softbacks
soft softball softballer softballers
soft softball softballs
soft softboard softboarded
soft softboard softboarder softboarders
soft softboard softboarding
soft softboard softboards
soft softboiled
soft softbound
soft softcore
soft softcover softcovers
soft soften resoften resoftened
soft soften resoften resoftening
soft soften resoften resoftens
soft soften softened resoftened
soft soften softener softeners
soft soften softening resoftening
soft soften softening softenings
soft soften softens resoftens
soft soften unsoftenable
soft softer
soft softest
soft softhead softheaded softheadedly
soft softhead softheaded softheadedness
soft softhead softheads
soft softhearted softheartedly
soft softhearted softheartedness
soft softie softies
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soft softmask softmasked
soft softmask softmasking
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soft softshell softshelled
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soft softsoap softsoaps
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soft softtissue softtissues
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soft software softwares
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