infrequent

adjective in·fre·quent \ (ˌ)in-ˈfrē-kwənt \

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

infrequently

adverb

Examples of infrequent in a Sentence

  1. We made infrequent stops along the way.

  2. a shut-in who made infrequent trips to the store

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Origin and Etymology of infrequent

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

infrequent Synonyms

Synonym Discussion of infrequent

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


INFREQUENT Defined for English Language Learners

infrequent

adjective

Definition of infrequent for English Language Learners

  • : not happening often : not frequent


INFREQUENT Defined for Kids

infrequent

adjective in·fre·quent \ in-ˈfrē-kwənt \

Definition of infrequent for Students

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

infrequently

adverb


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