adjectiveEtymology: Latin infrequent-, infrequens, from in- + frequent-, frequens frequent Date: circa 1615 1. seldom happening or occurring ;rare2. placed or occurring at wide intervals in space or time <a slope scattered with infrequent pines> <infrequent visits> • infrequentlyadverb Synonyms:infrequent, uncommon, scarce, rare, sporadic mean not common or abundant. infrequent implies occurrence at wide intervals in space or time <infrequent family visits>. uncommon suggests a frequency below normal expectation <smallpox is now uncommon in many countries>. scarce implies falling short of a standard or required abundance <jobs were scarce during the Depression>. rare suggests extreme scarcity or infrequency and often implies consequent high value <rare first editions>. sporadic implies occurrence in scattered instances or isolated outbursts <sporadic cases of influenza>.
Infrequent In*fre"quent, a. [L. infrquens : cf.F. infrequent. See In- not, and Frequent.] Seldom happening or occurring; rare; uncommon; unusual. The act whereof is at this day infrequent or out of use among all sorts of men. --Sir T. Elyot.
If something is infrequent, it does not happen often. ...John's infrequent visits to London.= rare ? frequent ADJ • infrequentlyThe bridge is used infrequently.ADV: usu ADV with v, also ADV with cl/group