Definition of infrequent in English:



  • Not occurring often; rare.

    ‘her visits were so infrequent’
    • ‘She had not spoken to her parents in years and contact with her sisters was sporadic and infrequent.’
    • ‘For infrequent visitors, the neighbourhood becomes that much more lived-in and intimate.’
    • ‘My entries have been a bit infrequent of late due to work-related and non-work related stuff.’
    • ‘This is an extremely rare event and has only happened on very infrequent occasions since 1945.’
    • ‘Our contacts became very infrequent when I ceased to pass through Melbourne on a regular basis.’
    • ‘Think of school buses as public transit for rural areas with each bus doing one long, infrequent route.’
    • ‘Youthful faces at the Masses are becoming more infrequent all the while.’
    • ‘Updates between now and Sunday night / Monday morning will be infrequent / nonexistent.’
    • ‘Of course it also got her started on her infrequent ruminations that we need to move so we can have another room.’
    • ‘Low density foam sheets are suitable for light or infrequent traffic.’
    • ‘The sky is now a uniform shade of grey and it's raining fairly steadily with just a smattering of a wind at infrequent points.’
    • ‘But he stressed that problems remained infrequent and concentrated in a few particular areas.’
    • ‘But he wasn't able to do this as his appearances became more and more infrequent in late 2000.’
    • ‘Rainfall is infrequent and irregular, falling mainly in winter.’
    • ‘Firstly, I need to hope that you, my readers, prefer infrequent posts to hourly updates.’
    • ‘In the Hebrew Bible, there are infrequent but significant references to God as a creative Mother.’
    • ‘While the perks were reasonable enough, the infrequent pay was not.’
    • ‘In addition, infrequent and expensive transportation can make it difficult for patients to get care.’
    • ‘But research has shown that infrequent visitors to pubs would be more likely to drop in for a pint if a pub was non-smoking.’
    • ‘It's a breathtakingly infrequent occasion when I top a leaderboard of any kind.’
    rare, uncommon, unusual, exceptional, few and far between, few, like gold dust, as scarce as hens' teeth
    unaccustomed, unwonted
    isolated, scarce, thin on the ground, scattered
    sporadic, irregular, intermittent, fitful
    out of the common
    once in a blue moon
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Mid 16th century (in the sense ‘little used, seldom done, uncommon’): from Latin infrequent- from in- not + frequent- frequent.