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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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 Both high temp refusals and travel zone refusals have been exceptionally infrequent. The Washington Post, "Ask Tom: Been to a hot spot? Restaurants can deny you entry," 14 Oct. 2020 Prior to the pandemic briefings, his press conferences were infrequent, his stagecraft tightly controlled. Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker, "Andrew Cuomo, the King of New York," 12 Oct. 2020 Railroads are required to use the technology per an act of Congress passed in 2008, but the deadline to comply has been extended several times and compliance is infrequent. Tim Gruver, Washington Examiner, "Survivor of Washington Amtrak derailment reaches settlement," 9 Oct. 2020 His infrequent outings were mainly limited to dining at his own Trump International Hotel, several blocks from the White House, and visiting his golf course in suburban Virginia. Washington Post, "Locked down and socially distanced, Washingtonians still celebrate Biden-Harris," 17 Jan. 2021 The Leonids are debris from the comet 55P/Tempel-Tuttle, known for infrequent outbursts of activity, most recently in 2001. oregonlive, "Stargazing calendar 2021: Eclipses, meteor showers and other astronomical events this year," 30 Dec. 2020 Since the 2002 realignment, the rivalry has become slightly more infrequent — just 10 meetings in 19 seasons — and has fallen to the Falcons, who are 6-4 in those games (despite October’s miracle win by the Lions). Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions' blowout was bad, but they still have the edge over the Buccaneers," 29 Dec. 2020 His infrequent contributions to group shows have left an impression, however. Christopher Mosley, Dallas News, "Dallas curator Brandon Kennedy says the art scene needs to ‘come up with new models’," 17 Dec. 2020 The privacy details are only mandatory once a developer submits a new app or an update to Apple for review, and many apps have infrequent update cycles. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, "Apple's App 'Privacy Labels' Are Here—and They're a Big Step Forward," 14 Dec. 2020

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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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21 Feb 2021

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“Infrequent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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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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