Seldom

  • 1 Seldom — Sel dom (s[e^]l d[u^]m), adv. [Usually, Compar. {More seldom} (m[=o]r s[e^]l d[u^]m); superl. {Most seldom} (m[=o]st s[e^]l d[u^]m); but sometimes also, {Seldomer} (s[e^]l d[u^]m*[ e]r), {Seldomest}.] [AS. seldan, seldon, seldum, fr. seld rare;… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 Seldom — Sel dom, a. Rare; infrequent. [Archaic.] A suppressed and seldom anger. Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 Seldom — was a Seattle based pop rock trio. Their line up consisted of piano, bass, and drums, but some songs included electric guitar, mellotron, strings, or other keyboard instruments. They toured in support of both Pedro the Lion (with David Bazan… …

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  • 4 seldom — O.E. seldum, alteration of seldan rare, on analogy of adverbial dative plurals in um (e.g. whilom at one time ), from P.Gmc. *selda strange, rare (Cf. O.N. sjaldan, O.Fris. selden, Du. zelden, Ger. selten), perhaps ultimately from the base of… …

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  • 5 seldom — [adv] infrequently a few times, every now and then, from time to time, hardly, hardly ever, in a few cases, inhabitually, irregularly, little, not often, not very often, occasionally, on and off, once in a blue moon*, once in a while, rarely,… …

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  • 6 seldom — ► ADVERB ▪ not often. ► ADJECTIVE dated ▪ infrequent. ORIGIN Old English …

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  • 7 seldom — [sel′dəm] adv. [ME selden < OE seldan, strange, rare, akin to Ger selten < Gmc base * selda < ? IE * selo : see SELF] not often; rarely; infrequently adj. rare; infrequent seldomness n …

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  • 8 seldom — sel|dom [ˈseldəm] adv [: Old English; Origin: seldan] very rarely or almost never ▪ Karen had seldom seen him so angry. ▪ Ellie seldom wears slacks. seldom has sb done sth ▪ Seldom have I read an article that was so full of lies. see usage note… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 9 seldom — [[t]se̱ldəm[/t]] ADV BRD NEG, ADV before v, ADV with cl/group If something seldom happens, it happens only occasionally. They seldom speak... I ve seldom felt so happy... We were seldom at home. Ant: often …

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  • 10 seldom — rarely, seldom It is acceptable to say rarely if ever or seldom if ever but not (except informally) rarely ever or seldom ever: We rarely if ever go out / ☒ We rarely ever go out. In the second example, hardly ever or scarcely ever could be… …

    Modern English usage

  • 11 seldom — Synonyms and related words: abnormally, at infrequent intervals, few, hardly, hardly ever, incredibly, infrequently, irregularly, little, not often, occasional, occasionally, rare, rarely, scarce, scarcely, scarcely ever, seldom if ever, sparsely …

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  • 12 seldom — sel|dom [ seldəm ] adverb ** not often. A more usual word is rarely: We seldom see each other anymore. Seldom are the designs reproduced exactly as illustrated …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 13 seldom */*/ — UK [ˈseldəm] / US adverb not often We seldom see each other any more. Seldom are the designs reproduced exactly as illustrated …

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  • 14 seldom — I. adverb Etymology: Middle English, from Old English seldan; akin to Old High German seltan seldom Date: before 12th century in few instances ; rarely, infrequently II. adjective Date: 13th century rare, infrequent …

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  • 15 seldom — seldomness, n. /sel deuhm/, adv. 1. on only a few occasions; rarely; infrequently; not often: We seldom see our old neighbors anymore. adj. 2. rare; infrequent. [bef. 900; ME; OE seldum, var. of seldan; c. G selten, Goth silda ] * * * …

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  • 16 seldom — adverb /ˈsɛldəm/ infrequently, rarely. They seldom come here now. Syn: barely, hardly, rarely, scarcely, infrequently Ant …

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  • 17 seldom — adv. Seldom is used with these verbs: ↑exceed, ↑mention, ↑venture …

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  • 18 seldom — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adv. rarely, not often, infrequently. See rarity. Ant., often, frequently. II (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. rarely, unusually, in a few cases, a few times, at times, seldom seen, on divers occasions,… …

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  • 19 seldom — [OE] Seldom goes back to a prehistoric Germanic *selda , of which the underlying notion appears to have been ‘strange and rare’. Its modern Germanic relatives include German selten, Dutch zelten, Swedish sällan, and Danish sjelden …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 20 seldom — adverb very rarely: She seldom reads newspapers …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English