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

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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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But even in a fairly flat city with many transportation options and a good cycling culture, there are many parts of New York that have low density, infrequent transit, and no bike lanes. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "How electric bikes can make cities safer," 30 Nov. 2018 Catastrophic dam failures are infrequent, and age is a leading indicator of dam failure, with the exception of seismic or weather events, a 2008 Congressional Research Service report found. Sarah Rankin, The Seattle Times, "Floodwaters of Florence put North Carolina dams under stress," 17 Sep. 2018 In response, Volkswagen has switched its cannons out of their automatic setting and has switched to a mesh netting to protect its cars, combined with running the cannons on an infrequent basis. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Farmers Accuse Volkswagen of Causing a Drought With Its Weather Machines," 23 Aug. 2018 But there were not infrequent screaming matches, temper tantrums, middle-of-the-night phone calls and accusations of betrayal. Alan Rusbridger, New York Times, "Seymour M. Hersh — the Journalist as Lone Wolf," 13 June 2018 If the number of calls for State Police assistance on the islands is infrequent, arrests are downright rare. Todd Wallack,, "For some State Police, it’s a posting in paradise," 14 July 2018 But Kushner’s comments — a rarity in themselves, given his infrequent public appearances — came shortly after violence erupted at the Israel-Gaza border. Alana Abramson, Time, "Jared Kushner Says Palestinian Protestors Are 'Part of the Problem'," 14 May 2018 While human encounters with buzztails are not infrequent, pets are more likely to have unpleasant encounters that can be costly to treat and sometimes with disastrous results. Ernie Cowan,, "It's rattlesnake season in the county," 9 June 2018 For many people, these bouts of excessively loose, watery stools are blessedly infrequent. Korin Miller, SELF, "10 Crohn’s Disease Symptoms, From Diarrhea to Beyond," 13 June 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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English Language Learners Definition of infrequent

: not happening often : not frequent


in·​fre·​quent | \in-ˈfrē-kwənt \

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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