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seldom

[sel-duh m] /ˈsɛl dəm/
adverb
1.
on only a few occasions; rarely; infrequently; not often:
We seldom see our old neighbors anymore.
adjective
2.
rare; infrequent.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English; Old English seldum, variant of seldan; cognate with German selten, Gothic silda-
Related forms
seldomness, noun
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seldom

/ˈsɛldəm/
adverb
1.
not often; rarely
Word Origin
Old English seldon; related to Old Norse sjāldan, Old High German seltan
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seldom
O.E. seldum, alteration of seldan "rare," on analogy of adverbial dative plurals in -um (e.g. whilom "at one time"), from P.Gmc. *selda- "strange, rare" (cf. O.N. sjaldan, O.Fris. selden, Du. zelden, Ger. selten), perhaps ult. from the base of self (q.v.).
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