from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. Not often; infrequently or rarely. See Usage Note at rarely.
  • adj. Archaic Infrequent; rare.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. infrequently, rarely.
  • adj. rare; infrequent

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Rare; infrequent.
  • adv. Rarely; not often; not frequently.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Rarely; not often; infrequently.
  • Rare; infrequent.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. not often


Middle English, from Old English seldum, alteration of seldan.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English seldan. (Wiktionary)



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  • Phonetically it's a bit of a freak, it seems to me. As if directly imported from Arabic. Good stuff.

    September 2, 2010