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.
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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 ?
I'm getting stout, as you may see: It is but seldom I am well: I cannot feel my ancient glee In listening to the dinner-bell: But you, you gambol like a boy, Your figure is so spare and light: The dinner-bell's a note of joy To such a healthy appetite
Indoors she would go about without cap, her grey hair strangely dishevelled; then, when at home, she seldom wore a gown--only a shabby cotton camisole; shoes, too, were strangers to her feet, and in lieu of them she sported roomy slippers, trodden down at the heels.
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.
Men seldom bring any thing to be concealed into these deserts," returned the old man, as if willing, and yet a little ignorant how to apologize for the liberty he had been about to take, "and I had hoped no offence, in examining your comforts.
The Polynesians seldom use a hook and line, almost always employing large well-made nets, most ingeniously fabricated from the twisted fibres of a certain bark.
Valentine had solved the problem, and was able easily to understand his thoughts, and to convey her own in return, and, through her untiring and devoted assiduity, it was seldom that, in the ordinary transactions of every-day life, she failed to anticipate the wishes of the living, thinking mind, or the wants of the almost inanimate body.
From this premeditated scheme of conquest we ought, in justice, however, to except Maria herself, who, from constitutional gayety and thoughtlessness, seldom planned for the morrow; and who, perhaps, from her association with Charlotte, had acquired a degree of disinterestedness that certainly belonged to no other member of her family.
They seldom come nearer to it than planting-time, harvest- time, cherry-time, spring-time, or fall-time.
She became interested in everything appertaining to the estate, to the farm, the park, the garden, and the stables; and so delightful a companion was she, that the Baronet would seldom take his after-breakfast walk without her (and the children of course), when she would give her advice as to the trees which were to be lopped in the shrubberies, the garden-beds to be dug, the crops which were to be cut, the horses which were to go to cart or plough.
What remains of his verse mostly takes the form of quatrains, yet for originality of thought, wealth of imagery and style, they have seldom been excelled.
There is also a fifth, which bears a name that is also common to the other four, namely, a state: but as this is seldom to be met with, it has escaped those who have endeavoured to enumerate the different sorts of governments, which [1293b] they fix at four only, as does Plato in his Republic.
Immediately conscious how unavailing any struggle against such an overwhelming force must prove, he submitted to his fate, encouraging his gentle companions by a few low and tender assurances, that the natives seldom failed to threaten more than they performed.