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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.
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