Origin of seldom
Examples from the Web for seldom
And yet, even while seldom leaving the capital, they offer a perspective on the city that tilts toward distortion.Heart of Darkness: Into Afghanistan’s Taliban Valley|Matt Trevithick, Daniel Seckman|November 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
For one thing, they seldom had it, and for another thing they all believed that having it would set up a temptation to spend it.The Stacks: H.L. Mencken on the 1904 Baltimore Fire|H.L. Mencken|October 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“International glory is something we seldom taste except in one area: the beauty of our women,” she writes.Venezuela Now Has Toilet Paper but No Breast Implants|Jason Batansky|September 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Similarly, Rand Paul is seldom discussed without a mention of Ron Paul, and vice versa.
The best player was Manuel Neuer, Germany’s goalkeeper, but ‘keepers are seldom lauded in this way.
Mother was of a determined disposition, and seldom failed to solve a domestic problem.
It stood on the top of a high rock, two miles from the town, and was seldom visited.The Underground City|Jules Verne
At All Souls he pointed out the seldom appreciated merits of Hawksmoor's twin towers.Erasmus and the Age of Reformation|Johan Huizinga
On the other hand there is this to be said for it, that it is seldom found, like drunkenness, to develop into a habit.
Seldom has a theological topic caused such a blaze of tumult.
British Dictionary definitions for seldom
Word Origin for seldom
Word Origin and History for seldom
late Old English seldum, alteration of seldan "seldom, rarely," from Proto-Germanic *selda- "strange, rare" (cf. Old Norse sjaldan, Old Frisian selden, Dutch zelden, Old High German seltan, German selten), perhaps ultimately from the base of self (q.v.).
Form shifted on analogy of adverbial dative plurals in -um (e.g. whilom "at one time," from while). The same development also created litlum from little, miclum from mickle. German seltsam "strange, odd," Dutch zeldzaam are related, but with the second element conformed to their versions of -some.
Seldom-times is from mid-15c. (Old English had seldhwanne "seldwhen"). Seldom-seen is from mid-15c. (Old English had seldsiene, "seld-seen").
Some compounds using the old form survived through Middle English, e.g. selcouth"rarely or little-known, unusual, strange, wonderful," from Old English selcuð, seld-cuð, from seldan + cuð (see couth). Old English seldan had comparative seldor, superlative seldost; in early Middle English, as seldan changed form and lost its connection with these, selde was formed as a positive. Shakespeare uses seld-shown.