Origin of sporadic
Related formsspo·rad·i·cal·ly, adverbspo·rad·i·cal·ness, nounspo·ra·dic·i·ty [spawr-uh-dis-i-tee, spohr-] /ˌspɔr əˈdɪs ɪ ti, ˌspoʊr-/, spo·ra·dism, noun
Examples from the Web for sporadically
The rally had been eagerly attended, was sporadically enthusiastic, and left almost no impression once it was over.
After all, al Qaeda and ISIS have sporadically fought with one another, and the Saddam regime is long gone.White House Has No International Legal Justification for Hitting ISIS in Syria|Josh Rogin|September 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Sporadically there are boxes with recipes in them, not food recipes, but life ones.It’s Not Just the Vaccines. Jenny McCarthy’s New Book Offers More ‘Lessons’|Tim Teeman|April 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Limited camping and sleeping spots in a manga-cat-themed ‘resort’ are sporadically available for the truly cat-crazed.The Cat's Meow: Top 10 Destinations for Feline Fanatics|Lonely Planet|December 20, 2013|DAILY BEAST
"Aha moment" is quite old—our earliest citation is from a 1939 psychology text—but it was used only sporadically for a long time.New Words Added to Merriam-Webster Dictionary: ‘Man Cave,’ ‘Sexting,’ and More|Kory L. Stamper|August 14, 2012|DAILY BEAST
For butter in Cambridge was retailed by the inch; a custom which still lingers on sporadically amongst our vendors.Highways and Byways in Cambridge and Ely|Rev. Edward Conybeare.
In addition there have been many others, appearing, as a rule, only for a year or sporadically.The German Element in Brazil|Benjamin Franklin Schappelle
Enjambement is only sporadically met with; breaking of the rhyme still more seldom.A History of English Versification|Jakob Schipper
In Oceania pottery is unknown save in the West, and there only sporadically.Evolution in Art|Alfred C. Haddon
Evidently the bottom of the lake is sporadically pierced by discharging hot springs or, perhaps, by streams of lava.Beasts, Men and Gods|Ferdinand Ossendowski