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

First recorded in 1525–35, infrequent is from the Latin word infrequent- (stem of infrequēns). See in-3, frequent
Related formsin·fre·quent·ly, adverb

Synonyms for infrequent Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of infrequent

Historical Examples of infrequent

  • Such "datives of manner or respect" are not infrequent with adj.



  • So altogether effective a weapon should never rust from infrequent use!

    Meadow Grass

    Alice Brown

  • Of the infrequent visitors who came thither, none knelt or prayed.

  • I had become a not infrequent visitor to the Level of the Free Women.

  • Still, their friendship got no further than these infrequent visits.

British Dictionary definitions for infrequent



rarely happening or present; only occasional
Derived Formsinfrequency or infrequence, nouninfrequently, 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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