From Medieval Latin sporadicus (whence also French sporadique, Italian sporadico, Spanish esporadico), from Ancient Greek σποραδικός (sporadikós), from σποράς (sporás, “scattered, dispersed”), from σπορά (sporá), σπόρος (spóros, “a sowing [of seed]”).
- (US) IPA(key): /spəˈɹæɾɪk/, /spɔˈɹæɾɪk/
- (UK) IPA(key): /spəˈɹædɪk/, /spɒˈɹædɪk/
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- Rhymes: -ædɪk
- (archaic) (of diseases) occurring in isolated instances; not epidemic.
- Rare and scattered in occurrence.
2015 March 12, Daniel Taylor, “Chelsea out of Champions League after Thiago Silva sends 10-man PSG through on away goals”, in The Guardian (London):
- It was a stodgy, weary display from Mourinho’s team with only sporadic moments when they threatened Salvatore Sirigu’s goal and their manager seemed bewildered afterwards when he tried to explain what had gone wrong.
- Exhibiting random behavior; patternless.
- ^ The Compact Edition of the Oxford English Dictionary, p. 2978.