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seldom

adverb sel·dom \ ˈsel-dəm \
Updated on: 12 Dec 2017

Definition of seldom

: in few instances : rarely, infrequently

Examples of seldom in a Sentence

  1. Employers also say that foreign-born workers tend to work harder, be more reliable, and complain less than the natives they can hire at the same wage. This is not surprising. Unskilled immigrants have seldom finished secondary school, but they have overcome all kinds of obstacles both to get here and to stay here. —Christopher JencksNew York Review of Books27 Sept. 2007
  2. "The pervasive theme is rebellion." Laurel Thatcher Ulrich begins her new book, "Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History," struggling to explain—understand—the appeal of an aside she made in the spring 1976 issue of an academic journal, a comment that has become a popular slogan printed on T-shirts and coffee mugs and bumper stickers, usually without her permission and often without attribution. —Kathryn HarrisonNew York Times Book Review30 Sept. 2007
  3. Kangaroo rats belong to a North American family of rodents well known for living in arid habitats, where they forage almost exclusively for seeds. They seldom have access to drinking water, but instead get most of their moisture from digesting the seeds. —Michael A. MaresNatural HistoryNovember 2003
  4. We seldom go to the movies.

  5. This type of turtle seldom grows over four inches in length.

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Origin and Etymology of seldom

Middle English, from Old English seldan; akin to Old High German seltan seldom


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seldom

adjective

Definition of seldom

Origin and Etymology of seldom



SELDOM Defined for English Language Learners

seldom

adverb

Definition of seldom for English Language Learners

  • : not often : almost never


SELDOM Defined for Kids

seldom

adverb sel·dom \ ˈsel-dəm \

Definition of seldom for Students

: not often : rarely
  • He seldom talks about his past.


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