Meaning of seldomly in English:


Pronunciation /ˈsɛldəmli/


  • Not often; rarely.

    ‘she has another sister, Sandra, but I seldomly see her’
    • ‘he's one of those artists that come along very seldomly’
    • ‘The quick solution is seldomly the best solution in terms of time needed.’
    • ‘Of course the world of news is a frenetic, busy world, that seldomly pauses to consider itself.’
    • ‘After James inherited the English crown on the death of Elizabeth I in 1603, the place was used seldomly.’
    • ‘The important tips of "look right, left and right again" before crossing the road are seldomly followed.’
    • ‘We have seldomly seen an artist who can express a typical mood, pose or sentiment so poignantly and charmingly with what looks like a few simple shapes and ink lines.’
    • ‘Very seldomly do I see people smoking anywhere outside of those areas.’
    • ‘I can't explain what has happened but now I go there very seldomly.’
    • ‘I will concentrate on three key areas of the education debate that are seldomly discussed.’
    • ‘My experience shows that these discussions can be interesting but they seldomly lead to any results.’
    • ‘Seldomly do you come about a debut album that is this impressive.’


The adverb seldomly is first recorded in the 16th century, but between then and the 1970s it was used only rarely. It is regarded by many people as incorrect, because it duplicates the meaning of the simpler word seldom, which is itself an adverb


Mid 16th century (rare until the late 20th century): from seldom + -ly.