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

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 the infrequent reminders have proven effective—and long-lasting. Matthew De Silva, Quartz, "The simplest way to improve your credit score is by using your email," 10 July 2019 Pan Am runs infrequent freight service on the line linking Waterbury, Plymouth, Bristol, Plainville, New Britain and Berlin; main lines in Waterbury and Berlin connect to routes serving the Northeast., "Freight train derails in Bristol, dumping tons of debris," 10 July 2019 As somebody who experienced the Bay Area’s smoky summer last year, and a 24-hour evacuation order in Alberta in 2017, wildfires are not infrequent enough to ignore. Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, "Letter: Fossil-fueled economy is like a second-hand car," 9 July 2019 Dangerous Passage In the past five years, 624 migrants have been found dead in Arizona, mostly in the desert where limited access to water and infrequent patrols make the crossing especially dangerous. Alicia A. Caldwell, WSJ, "In the Arizona Desert, an Elite Border Patrol Unit Responds to Desperate Cases," 30 June 2019 Most of the top Warren and Sanders donors are infrequent political contributors at best, some with little to no donations on record from the 2016 presidential race. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, "2020 Daily Trail Markers: Democrats look beyond first debate," 27 June 2019 That would have halted the distribution of mail-in ballots to nearly 240,000 infrequent voters this year. Michael Wines, New York Times, "With 2020 Looming, Parties Fight State by State Over Voting Access," 3 June 2019 Though earthquakes are infrequent in Ohio in comparison to other areas of the country, ODNR reports that there have been at least 200 earthquakes with epicenters in Ohio since 1776. Rich Exner,, "4.2 Lake Erie earthquake strikes Cleveland area," 10 June 2019 Meanwhile, government action has been too infrequent. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "Africa is home to some of the world’s most polluted cities—here’s why the air quality is not improving," 6 June 2019

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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 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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