from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Rare, uncommon.
  • adj. Unusual, unwonted.
  • adv. Seldom.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Rare; uncommon; unusual.
  • adv. Rarely; seldom.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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


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



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  • Seems to be a variant of seldom.

    August 28, 2009

  • "...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