All the story was dragged from him by reiterated "And thens—?"
There is the old shepherd, Will, but he only comes into the house by nows and thens.
I forget him most of the time, but nows and thens he speaks up and gives me to understand he's there all right.
She went fest, I do sepose to Olyhed, and thens to Liverpule in one of them pakkats.
Thence, thens, adv. from that time or place: for that reason.
Some of the scenes that are to be seen by nows and thens in Westminster Palace are enough to set your hair on end.
We do hear of old Nanny, that cometh by nows and thens for waste victuals, that daft Madge is something sick.
I come here and prayed, nows and thens, when I thought maybe a Sunday would be about doo.
There she was coming down the lane as peaceable as could be, and staying by nows and thens to crop the grass by the roadside.
He sytteth at the ryght syde of god the fadr almyghty From thens he is to come to deme both quycke & deed.
adverb of time, from Old English þanne, þænne, þonne, from Proto-Germanic *thana- (cf. Old Frisian thenne, Old Saxon thanna, Dutch dan, Old High German danne, German dann), from PIE demonstrative pronoun root *to- (see the). For further sense development, see than. Similar evolutions in other Germanic languages; Dutch uses dan in both senses, but German has dann (adv.) "then," denn (conj.) "than." Now and then "at various times" is attested from 1550s; earlier then and then (c.1200).