sometimes
Pronunciation
  • enPR: sŭmʹtīmz, IPA: /ˈsʌmtaɪmz/
Adverb

sometimes (not comparable)

  1. On certain occasions, or in certain circumstances, but not always. [from 16th c.]
    Sometimes I sit and think, but mostly I just sit.
  2. (obsolete) On a certain occasion in the past; once. [16th-17th c.]
    • c. 1599–1602, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Hamlet, Prince of Denmarke”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act I, scene i], lines 46–49, page 152 ↗, column 2:
      What art thou that vſurp’ſt this time of night, / Together with that Faire and Warlike forme / In which the Maieſty of buried Denmarke / Did ſometimes march : By Heauen I charge thee ſpeake.
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, Ephesians 5:8 ↗:
      For yee were sometimes darkenesse, but now are yee light in the Lord: walke as children of light {{...}
    • 1624, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], “Remedies against diſcontents”, in The Anatomy of Melancholy: […], 2nd edition, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 54573970 ↗, partition 2, section 3, member 7, page 351:
      They detract, ſcoffe and raile ſaith one, & barke at mee on every ſide, but I, like that Albanian dog ſometimes given to Alexander for a preſent, vindico me ab illis ſolo contemptu, I ly ſtill and ſleep, vindicate my ſelfe by contempt alone.
Synonyms Translations Adjective

sometimes (not comparable)

  1. (obsolete) Former; sometime.
    • circa 1595 William Shakespeare, Richard II, [Act I, scene ii], lines 54–55:
      Farewell old Gaunt, thy ſometimes brothers wife / With her companion Greefe, muſt end her life.



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