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seldom Line breaks: sel¦dom
Pronunciation: /ˈsɛldəm/

Definition of seldom in English:

adverb

Not often; rarely: Islay is seldom visited by tourists he was seldom absent [in combination]: an old seldom-used church
More example sentences
  • An eclectic palette of samples etched out paths seldom visited in accessible forms.
  • Neighbours said they seldom saw the couple and that the daughters seldom visited them.
  • The actors seldom move: they are like tortured figures on a frieze in a besieged acropolis.
Synonyms
rarely, infrequently, on rare occasions, hardly ever, scarcely ever, hardly, scarcely, almost never, (every) once in a while, only now and then, not often, only occasionally, sporadically
informal once in a blue moon

adjective

[attributive] dated Back to top  
Not common; infrequent: a great but seldom pleasure

Origin

Old English seldan, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch zelden and German selten, from a base meaning 'strange, wonderful'.

Words that rhyme with seldom

beldam
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