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Webster 1913 Edition


Seldom

Sel′dom

(sĕl′dŭm)
,
adv.
[Usually,
Com
par.
More seldom
(mōr′ sĕl′dŭm)
;
sup
erl.
Most seldom
(mōst′ sĕl′dŭm)
; but sometimes also,
Seldomer
(sĕl′dŭm-ẽr)
,
Seldomest
.]
[AS.
seldan
,
seldon
,
seldum
, fr.
seld
rare; akin to OFries.
sielden
, D.
zelden
, G.
selten
, OHG.
seltan
, Icel.
sjaldan
, Dan.
sielden
, Sw.
sällan
, Goth.
sildaleiks
marvelous.]
Rarely; not often; not frequently.
Wisdom and youth are
seldom
joined in one.
Hooker.

Sel′dom

,
Adj.
Rare; infrequent.
[Archaic.]
“A suppressed and seldom anger.”
Jer. Taylor.

Webster 1828 Edition


Seldom

SEL'DOM

,
adv.
[Sel probably signifies separate, distinct, coinciding with L. solus.] Rarely; not often; not frequently.
Wisdom and youth are seldom joined in one. Hooker.

SEL'DOM

,
Adj.
Rare; unfrequent. [Little used.]

Definition 2022


seldom

seldom

English

Adverb

seldom (comparative more seldom or seldomer, superlative most seldom or seldomest)

  1. Infrequently, rarely.
    They seldom come here now.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 8, in The Celebrity:
      I corralled the judge, and we started off across the fields, in no very mild state of fear of that gentleman's wife, whose vigilance was seldom relaxed.
    • 2013 April 9, Andrei Lankov, “Stay Cool. Call North Korea’s Bluff.”, in New York Times:
      People who talk about an imminent possibility of war seldom pose this question: What would North Korea’s leadership get from unleashing a war that they are likely to lose in weeks, if not days?
    • 2013 June 1, End of the peer show”, in The Economist, volume 407, number 8838, page 71:
      Finance is seldom romantic. But the idea of peer-to-peer lending comes close. This is an industry that brings together individual savers and lenders on online platforms. Those that want to borrow are matched with those that want to lend.

Usage notes

It is grammatically a negative word. It therefore collocates with ever rather than never.

  • Compare He seldom ever plays tennis. with He almost never plays tennis.

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Adjective

seldom (comparative more seldom or seldomer, superlative most seldom or seldomest)

  1. (archaic) rare; infrequent
    A suppressed and seldom anger. Jeremy Taylor.

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