from The Century Dictionary.

  • Scarce; rare; uncommon.
  • Rarely; seldom.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adverb obsolete Rarely; seldom.
  • adjective obsolete Rare; uncommon; unusual.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective archaic Rare, uncommon.
  • adjective Unusual, unwonted.
  • adverb Scotland Seldom.


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

A back-formation in Middle English from Old English seldor ("more seldom"), seldost ("most seldom").



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  • "...stalls, bulks, windows,

    Are smother'd up, leads fill'd and ridges hors'd

    With variable complexions; all agreeing

    In earnestness to see him: seld-shown flamens

    Do press among the popular throngs, and puff

    To win a vulgar station..."

    - William Shakespeare, 'The Tragedy of Coriolanus'.

    August 28, 2009

  • Seems to be a variant of seldom.

    August 28, 2009