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[in-free-kwuh nt] /ɪnˈfri kwənt/
happening or occurring at long intervals or rarely:
infrequent visits.
not constant, habitual, or regular:
an infrequent visitor.
not plentiful or many:
infrequent opportunities for advancement.
far apart in space.
Origin of infrequent
1525-35; < Latin infrequent- (stem of infrequēns). See in-3, frequent
Related forms
infrequently, adverb
1, 3. scarce, rare, uncommon. Unabridged
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  • The brushes require periodic, though infrequent, replacement.
  • Rain-traditionally scarce in this arid region-is even more infrequent these days due to several years of drought.
  • Fletcher said it's this warmth-not the sun's-that powers the planet's infrequent weather.
  • Bipolar disorder can be severe and long-term, or it can be mild with infrequent episodes.
  • Middle ear infections are extremely common in children, but are infrequent in adults.
  • However, the talk is infrequent and elliptical, and the film proceeds in a style that is stupefyingly drab and slow.
  • They are actions that, during your lifetime, will far outweigh infrequent monetary contributions.
  • It contains faintly suggestive dance routines and infrequent off-color language.
  • So the lapses, though they are infrequent, are greatly magnified.
  • Middle ear infections are extremely common in children, but they are infrequent in adults.
British Dictionary definitions for infrequent


rarely happening or present; only occasional
Derived Forms
infrequency, infrequence, noun
infrequently, adverb
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Word Origin and History for infrequent

1530s, from Latin infrequentem (nominative infrequens) "occurring seldom, unusual," from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + frequens (see frequent). Related: Infrequently.

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