Infrequently vs Sometimes - What's the difference?

infrequently | sometimes |

As adverbs the difference between infrequently and sometimes

is that infrequently is not frequently while sometimes is on certain occasions, or in certain circumstances, but not always.

As an adjective sometimes is

(obsolete) former; sometime.



Alternative forms

* unfrequently


(en adverb)
  • Not frequently.
  • Synonyms

    * seldom


    * frequently * often




  • On certain occasions, or in certain circumstances, but not always.
  • * (Jeremy Taylor)
  • It is good that we sometimes be contradicted.
  • *
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  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-08, volume=407, issue=8839, page=55, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= Obama goes troll-hunting , passage=The solitary, lumbering trolls of Scandinavian mythology would sometimes be turned to stone by exposure to sunlight. Barack Obama is hoping that several measures announced on June 4th will have a similarly paralysing effect on their modern incarnation, the patent troll.}}
  • (obsolete) On a certain occasion in the past; once.
  • * (William Shakespeare)
  • That fair and warlike form / In which the majesty of buried Denmark / Did sometimes march.
  • * :
  • For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:
  • *, II.3.7:
  • they detract, scoffe, and raile (saith one), and bark at me on every side; but I, like that Albanian dog sometimes given to Alexander for a present, vindico me ab illis solo contemptu ; I lie still, and sleep, vindicate myself by contempt alone.


    * at one time or another * at times * every so often * from time to time * occasionally * once in a while

    See also

    * sometime


  • (obsolete) former; sometime
  • Thy sometimes brother's wife. — Shakespeare.