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

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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

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We made infrequent stops along the way. a shut-in who made infrequent trips to the store
Recent Examples on the Web Side effects — mainly pain at the injection site, headaches and fatigue — were mild and infrequent. Karen Kaplanscience And Medicine Editor, Los Angeles Times, 24 May 2022 Neighbors had infrequent encounters, and efforts to reach friends or acquaintances were largely unsuccessful. Peter Hermann, Washington Post, 12 May 2022 That’s in large part thanks to the many low-cost, high-performance options available to travelers, gym-goers and infrequent shavers—those people who wouldn’t otherwise need or want a permanent razor. Adam Hurly, Robb Report, 9 May 2022 Yet gator attacks aren't that frequent and deaths even more infrequent (deadly attacks from dogs and horses and other mammals are more common). Forrest Brown, CNN, 7 May 2022 And over the course of their infrequent reunions on Earth, the daughter gets older while the mother remains the same. Wsj Arts, WSJ, 29 Apr. 2022 Injuries and infrequent major-league stints dimmed hype around the former first-round pick. Matt Kawahara, San Francisco Chronicle, 7 May 2022 Infection is infrequent, but is most common right when the hardware is put in. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 20 Apr. 2022 Trevor is sporadically able to make phone calls and communicate with his girlfriend or the embassy, but the correspondence is irregular and infrequent, Reed said. Fox News, 8 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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The first known use of infrequent was in 1622

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28 May 2022

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“Infrequent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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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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