in·​fre·​quent | \ (ˌ)in-ˈfrē-kwənt How to pronounce infrequent (audio) \

Definition of infrequent

1 : seldom happening or occurring : rare
2 : placed or occurring at wide intervals in space or time a slope dotted with infrequent pines infrequent visits

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Other Words from infrequent

infrequently adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for infrequent


isolated, occasional, odd, rare, sporadic



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infrequent, uncommon, scarce, rare, sporadic mean not common or abundant. infrequent implies occurrence at wide intervals in space or time. infrequent family visits uncommon suggests a frequency below normal expectation. smallpox is now uncommon in many countries scarce implies falling short of a standard or required abundance. jobs were scarce during the Depression rare suggests extreme scarcity or infrequency and often implies consequent high value. rare first editions sporadic implies occurrence in scattered instances or isolated outbursts. sporadic cases of influenza

Examples of infrequent in a Sentence

We made infrequent stops along the way. a shut-in who made infrequent trips to the store

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Though earthquakes are infrequent in Ohio in comparison to other areas of the country, ODNR reports that there have been at least 200 earthquakes with epicenters in Ohio since 1776. Rich Exner,, "4.2 Lake Erie earthquake strikes Cleveland area," 10 June 2019 Meanwhile, government action has been too infrequent. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "Africa is home to some of the world’s most polluted cities—here’s why the air quality is not improving," 6 June 2019 The infrequent rides may have contributed to the declining ridership of the service. London Gibson, Indianapolis Star, "End of the Hoosier State train line is a loss for air quality, environmentalists say," 17 June 2019 The data reflect what has been filed by federal agencies through the US DATA Act; the listing is incomplete due to varying and infrequent reporting schedules. Amanda Shendruk, Quartz, "Here’s where the US’s massive AI research funds are going," 12 June 2019 Another airport that has a high number of infrequent fliers so security lines can be long and slow moving. WSJ, "Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport: Insiders’ Tips for Flights to and From PHX," 14 Nov. 2018 But infrequent fliers should pack electronics with this in mind. Ben Mutzabaugh, USA TODAY, "Summer flying guide: How to cope with record crowds," 26 June 2018 Although Lovell says that private events in Love Park will be infrequent, the space will still have to generate some income to help offset the cost of its upkeep. Inga Saffron,, "Love Park was supposed to be the People's Park. How did it end up as a granite Sahara?," 26 Apr. 2018 Of 373 respondents, 176 reported ever using cannabis, with about half of them reporting frequent use (anywhere from once a week to several times a day) and half of them reporting infrequent use (anywhere from once a year to a few times a year). Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "How Does Cannabis Actually Affect Sex?," 25 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of infrequent

1622, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for infrequent

Latin infrequent-, infrequens, from in- + frequent-, frequens frequent

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English Language Learners Definition of infrequent

: not happening often : not frequent


in·​fre·​quent | \ in-ˈfrē-kwənt How to pronounce infrequent (audio) \

Kids Definition of infrequent

1 : seldom happening : rare
2 : not placed, made, or done at frequent intervals The bus made infrequent stops.

Other Words from infrequent

infrequently adverb

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