infrequent

[ in-free-kwuhnt ]
/ ɪnˈfri kwənt /

adjective

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.

Nearby words

  1. infratemporal crest,
  2. infratemporal fossa,
  3. infratrochlear nerve,
  4. infraversion,
  5. infrequency,
  6. infrigidation,
  7. infringe,
  8. infringement,
  9. infula,
  10. infulae

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

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British Dictionary definitions for infrequent

infrequent

/ (ɪnˈfriːkwənt) /

adjective

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

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Word Origin and History for infrequent

infrequent

adj.

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

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