Definition of infrequent in US English:



  • Not occurring often; rare.

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