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

Examples of infrequent in a Sentence

We made infrequent stops along the way. a shut-in who made infrequent trips to the store
Recent Examples on the Web These protests are not infrequent and are not limited to Moscow or St. Petersburg. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, "How Putin Controls Russia," 23 Jan. 2020 O'Rourke suggested as much when asked recently about his not-infrequent dropping of f-bombs. Author: Mark Z. Barabak, Anchorage Daily News, "What the #%&@?! Trump and 2020 Democrats are cursing a blue streak," 24 Sep. 2019 O’Rourke suggested as much when asked recently about his not-infrequent dropping of f-bombs. Los Angeles Times, "What the #%&@?! Trump and 2020 Democrats are cursing a blue streak," 23 Sep. 2019 Homicides are relatively infrequent in the NYPD’s 19th Precinct, which includes the Upper East Side. Ben Chapman, WSJ, "Police Seek Suspect in Killing of Upper East Side Man," 30 Jan. 2020 Last year, severe weather became infrequent after May 2017 despite a ferocious start to that year's tornado season, which killed 35 people. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "U.S. sets record of 246 straight days without a tornado death," 17 Jan. 2018 To remedy that, the Rockets opened the second half running pick-and-rolls with hard Capela cuts to the rim to force the Denver defense to collapse and get the sort of look that was so infrequent in the first half. Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle, "Nuggets control James Harden, end Rockets' winning streak," 20 Nov. 2019 Though earthquakes are infrequent in Ohio in comparison to other areas of the country, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources reports that there have been at least 200 earthquakes with epicenters in Ohio since 1776. Rich Exner, cleveland, "2.6 earthquake centered in Madison, northeast of Cleveland," 15 Oct. 2019 Food treats couldn't be used to entice Kim because of her infrequent feeding. Amanda Campanaro /, NBC News, "Why scientists trained this tiny spider to jump on command," 13 May 2018

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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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17 Feb 2020

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“Infrequent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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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.

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infrequently adverb

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