Oft, Often, Oftener, Oftentimes, Oft-times - Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words

Oft, Often, Oftener, Oftentimes, Oft-times

[ A-1,Adverb,G4178, pollakis ]
akin to polus, much, many," is variously translated, e.g., "oft-times," Matthew 17:15 (AV, "oft," 2nd part); "many times," 2 Corinthians 8:22, RV (AV, "often-times"); "oft," 2 Corinthians 11:23; "often" (2 Corinthians 11:26).

[ A-2,Adverb,G4183, polla ]
the neuter plural of polus, is translated "oft" in Matthew 9:14; some ancient authorities omit it here (See RV marg.); in Romans 15:22, with the article, RV, "these many times" (AV, "much").

[ A-3,Adverb,G4212, posakis ]
an interrogative numeral adverb, "how many times, how oft (or often)?" occurs in Matthew 18:21; Matthew 23:37; Luke 13:34.

[ A-4,Adverb,G3740, hosakis ]
a relative adverb, "as often" (or oft) as, 1 Corinthians 11:25-26; Revelation 11:6.

[ A-5,Adverb,G4437, pukna ]
the neuter plural of puknos (See B), used adverbially, is translated "often" in Luke 5:33.

[ A-6,Adverb,G4437, puknoteron ]
the neuter singular of the comparative degree of puknos (cp. No. 5, and See B), "very often," or "so much the oftener," Acts 24:26, "the oftener."


(1) In Luke 8:29, the phrase pollois chronois, lit., "many times," is translated "often-times" (RV marg., "of a long time").

(2) For the rendering "oft" in Mark 7:3, See DILIGENTLY, D, No. 2.

[ B-1,Adjective,G4437, puknos ]
primarily signifies "close, compact, solid;" hence, "frequent, often," 1 Timothy 5:23. Cp. A, Nos. 5 and 6.

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