rarely

[ rair-lee ]
/ ˈrɛər li /

adverb

on rare occasions; infrequently; seldom: I'm rarely late for appointments.
exceptionally; in an unusual degree.
unusually or remarkably well; excellent.

Nearby words

  1. raree show,
  2. rarefaction,
  3. rarefactive,
  4. rarefied,
  5. rarefy,
  6. rarely ever,
  7. rareripe,
  8. rarify,
  9. raring,
  10. raring to go

Origin of rarely

First recorded in 1515–25; rare1 + -ly

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British Dictionary definitions for rarely

rarely

/ (ˈrɛəlɪ) /

adverb

hardly ever; seldomI'm rarely in town these days
to an unusual degree; exceptionally
dialect uncommonly well; excellentlyhe did rarely at market yesterday

usage

Since rarely means hardly ever, one should not say something rarely ever happens

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Word Origin and History for rarely

rarely

adv.

1550s, from rare (adj.1) + -ly (2). "Seldom, not often;" also "finely, excellently."

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