\ \ [OE] Seldom goes back to a prehistoric Germanic *selda-, of which the underlying notion appears to have been ‘strange and rare’.
\ \ Its modern Germanic relatives include German selten, Dutch zelten, Swedish sällan, and Danish sjelden.

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  • Seldom — Sel dom (s[e^]l d[u^]m), adv. [Usually, Compar. {More seldom} (m[=o]r s[e^]l d[u^]m); superl. {Most seldom} (m[=o]st s[e^]l d[u^]m); but sometimes also, {Seldomer} (s[e^]l d[u^]m*[ e]r), {Seldomest}.] [AS. seldan, seldon, seldum, fr. seld rare;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Seldom — Sel dom, a. Rare; infrequent. [Archaic.] A suppressed and seldom anger. Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Seldom — was a Seattle based pop rock trio. Their line up consisted of piano, bass, and drums, but some songs included electric guitar, mellotron, strings, or other keyboard instruments. They toured in support of both Pedro the Lion (with David Bazan… …   Wikipedia

  • seldom — O.E. seldum, alteration of seldan rare, on analogy of adverbial dative plurals in um (e.g. whilom at one time ), from P.Gmc. *selda strange, rare (Cf. O.N. sjaldan, O.Fris. selden, Du. zelden, Ger. selten), perhaps ultimately from the base of… …   Etymology dictionary

  • seldom — [adv] infrequently a few times, every now and then, from time to time, hardly, hardly ever, in a few cases, inhabitually, irregularly, little, not often, not very often, occasionally, on and off, once in a blue moon*, once in a while, rarely,… …   New thesaurus

  • seldom — ► ADVERB ▪ not often. ► ADJECTIVE dated ▪ infrequent. ORIGIN Old English …   English terms dictionary

  • seldom — [sel′dəm] adv. [ME selden < OE seldan, strange, rare, akin to Ger selten < Gmc base * selda < ? IE * selo : see SELF] not often; rarely; infrequently adj. rare; infrequent seldomness n …   English World dictionary

  • seldom — sel|dom [ˈseldəm] adv [: Old English; Origin: seldan] very rarely or almost never ▪ Karen had seldom seen him so angry. ▪ Ellie seldom wears slacks. seldom has sb done sth ▪ Seldom have I read an article that was so full of lies. see usage note… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • seldom — [[t]se̱ldəm[/t]] ADV BRD NEG, ADV before v, ADV with cl/group If something seldom happens, it happens only occasionally. They seldom speak... I ve seldom felt so happy... We were seldom at home. Ant: often …   English dictionary

  • seldom — rarely, seldom It is acceptable to say rarely if ever or seldom if ever but not (except informally) rarely ever or seldom ever: We rarely if ever go out / ☒ We rarely ever go out. In the second example, hardly ever or scarcely ever could be… …   Modern English usage

  • seldom — Synonyms and related words: abnormally, at infrequent intervals, few, hardly, hardly ever, incredibly, infrequently, irregularly, little, not often, occasional, occasionally, rare, rarely, scarce, scarcely, scarcely ever, seldom if ever, sparsely …   Moby Thesaurus

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