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From seld +‎ -some. Compare Middle English seldscene (seldsome, rare, literally rarely seen). Cognate with West Frisian seldsum (rare), Saterland Frisian säildsoam (rare, curious, odd), Dutch zeldzaam (rare, scarce), German seltsam (strange, odd), Danish sælsom (seldsome), Norwegian Bokmål selsom (seldsome).



seldsome (comparative more seldsome, superlative most seldsome)

  1. (rare) Rare; uncommon.
    • 1817, Zilgens, A., “On Humility”, in Antwerpschen almanach[1], Antwerpsch tael en dichtkundig genootschap:
      Nevertheless we must not think humility not to be found in men's hearts; undoubtedly, though seldsome in such an équilibrium as to deserve the name of true humility.
    • 2011, DJ abunDANCE, Stay Connected:
      The mix I uploaded here is one of the seldsome pure house productions. I think you can love the tunes.



seldsome (comparative more seldsome, superlative most seldsome)

  1. (rare) Rarely; seldom.
    • 1977, Bhushan, Shashi, Academician Babajan Gafurov:
      Although the names are in Greek, and very seldsom in Latin transliteration, they may nevertheless furnish a clear idea of what the phonetics, morphology and vocabulary of the Scytian language looked like.
    • 1982, Annual journal, Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture:
      [] white sheep may be of particular pleasure to the Japanese tourists who seldom see sheep, or to the Australian tourists who seldsom see green grass, but to the three million New Zealanders, it is not visually exciting.
      But any substantial imagination, the pen here seldsom dreams, gone the serious literary voice, one coiffed in the eternal verities.
    • 2011 December 31, AZMOMO2 (username), “Accepted one job but got a better offer. What should I do?”, in[2]:
      In Nursing I have found that staff come and go and employers seldsome care one way or the other in the long run.