seldom


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sel·dom

 (sĕl′dəm)
adv.
Not often; infrequently or rarely. See Usage Note at rarely.
adj.
Infrequent; rare: one of my seldom visits to the area.

[Middle English, from Old English seldum, alteration of seldan.]

sel′dom·ness n.

seldom

(ˈsɛldəm)
adv
not often; rarely. Also (obsolete): seldomly
[Old English seldon; related to Old Norse sjāldan, Old High German seltan]

sel•dom

(ˈsɛl dəm)

adv.
1. on only a few occasions; rarely; infrequently.
adj.
2. rare; infrequent.
[before 900; Middle English; Old English seldum, variant of seldan, c. Old Frisian sielden, Old High German seltan, Old Norse sjaldan]

seldom

Seldom is a formal or literary word. It is used to say that something does not happen very often.

1. position in clause
  • If there is no auxiliary verb, seldom usually goes in front of the verb, unless the verb is be.
He seldom laughed.
It seldom rains there.
  • Seldom goes after be.
She was seldom late for work.
  • If there is an auxiliary verb, seldom goes after it.
These birds are seldom seen.
They can seldom agree on anything.
  • If there is more than one auxiliary verb, seldom goes after the first one.
I have seldom been asked such difficult questions.
  • In literary writing, seldom is sometimes put at the beginning of a sentence, followed by an auxiliary verb and the subject.
Seldom did he ask me questions about our finances.
Seldom can there have been such a happy couple.
2. 'hardly ever'

Seldom is not normally used in conversation. Instead people say hardly ever.

It hardly ever rains there.
I've hardly ever been asked anything like that.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.seldom - not often; "we rarely met"

seldom

seldom

adverb
Translations
zřídka
sjældent
malofte
harvoin
rijetko
sjaldan
めったに・・・しない
드물게
reti
redko
sällan
ไม่ค่อยจะ
hiếm khi

seldom

[ˈseldəm] ADVrara vez, pocas veces, casi nunca
it seldom rains hereaquí rara vez llueve, aquí llueve pocas vecesaquí no llueve casi nunca
seldom, if everrara vez or pocas veces, si es que alguna

seldom

[ˈsɛldəm] advrarement
It seldom rains there → Il pleut rarement là-bas.

seldom

advselten; I seldom go thereich gehe (nur) selten dorthin; they are seldom seenman sieht sie nur selten; seldom have I …ich habe selten; seldom, if ever, does he do thater tut das nur äußerst selten

seldom

[ˈsɛldəm] advdi rado, raramente

seldom

(ˈseldəm) adverb
rarely; not often. I've seldom experienced such rudeness.

seldom

نادِراً ما zřídka sjældent selten σπάνια rara vez harvoin rarement rijetko raramente めったに・・・しない 드물게 zelden sjelden rzadko raramente редко sällan ไม่ค่อยจะ nadiren hiếm khi 很少

seldom

adv. rara vez, con rareza, raramente.
References in classic literature ?
Elizabeth, or Beth, as everyone called her, was a rosy, smooth- haired, bright-eyed girl of thirteen, with a shy manner, a timid voice, and a ;peaceful expression which was seldom disturbed.
During the last years of young David's boyhood he saw his mother but seldom and she became for him just a woman with whom he had once lived.
He spoke and wrote his own language so seldom that it came to him awkwardly.
He knew his fellow-creatures better than most men; knew that inner life which so seldom unfolds itself to unanointed* eyes.
On the other hand, the quick, roving eye of the scout seldom rested.
It is very seldom that mere ordinary people like John and myself secure ancestral halls for the summer.
On my occasional visits to the town aforesaid, I seldom failed to turn down Pyncheon Street, for the sake of passing through the shadow of these two antiquities, --the great elm-tree and the weather-beaten edifice.
Not seldom in this life, when, on the right side, fortune's favorites sail close by us, we, though all adroop before, catch somewhat of the rushing breeze, and joyfully feel our bagging sails fill out.
They seldom come nearer to it than planting-time, harvest- time, cherry-time, spring-time, or fall-time.
But the large rivers are full of vessels, and abound with excellent fish; for they seldom get any from the sea, because the sea fish are of the same size with those in Europe, and consequently not worth catching; whereby it is manifest, that nature, in the production of plants and animals of so extraordinary a bulk, is wholly confined to this continent, of which I leave the reasons to be determined by philosophers.
If associates could not be found at home, recourse would be had to the aid of foreign powers, who would seldom be disinclined to encouraging the dissensions of a Confederacy, from the firm union of which they had so much to fear.
IT IS a just and not a new observation, that enemies to particular persons, and opponents to particular measures, seldom confine their censures to such things only in either as are worthy of blame.