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Seld vs Seldom - What's the difference?

seld | seldom |

As adjectives the difference between seld and seldom

is that seld is rare, uncommon while seldom is rare; infrequent.

As adverbs the difference between seld and seldom

is that seld is seldom while seldom is infrequently, rarely.




(en adjective)
  • (archaic) Rare, uncommon.
  • Unusual, unwonted.
  • Adverb

    (en adverb)
  • (obsolete, or, dialectal, Scotland) Seldom.
  • *, Folio Society, 2006, vol.1, p.191:
  • knowing how far such an amitie is from the common use, and how seld seene and rarely found, I looke not to finde a competent judge.

    Derived terms

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    (en adverb)
  • Infrequently, rarely.
  • *
  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=8 , passage=I corralled the judge, and we started off across the fields, in no very mild state of fear of that gentleman's wife, whose vigilance was seldom relaxed.}}
  • *{{quote-news, year=2013, date=April 9, author=Andrei Lankov, title=Stay Cool. Call North Korea’s Bluff., work=New York Times citation
  • , passage=People who talk about an imminent possibility of war seldom pose this question: What would North Korea’s leadership get from unleashing a war that they are likely to lose in weeks, if not days?}}
  • *{{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-01, volume=407, issue=8838, page=71, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= End of the peer show , passage=Finance is seldom romantic. But the idea of peer-to-peer lending comes close. This is an industry that brings together individual savers and lenders on online platforms. Those that want to borrow are matched with those that want to lend.}}

    Usage notes

    It is grammatically a negative word. It therefore collocates with ever rather than never. * Compare He seldom ever plays tennis.'' with ''He almost never plays tennis.


    * barely * hardly * rarely * scarcely * infrequently


    * often * frequently


    (en adjective)
  • (obsolete) rare; infrequent
  • A suppressed and seldom anger. — Jeremy Taylor.