While looking up the meaning of 頻繁{ひんぱん}, I happened to notice that one of the definitions quoted by デジタル大辞泉 states:


However, there's also an entry for しきりと (same しきり as the first, I assume, but with particle と instead of に)


Both definitions sound similar--repeatedly or continually--but is there a difference in usage between using しきり and しきり?


According to デジタル大辞泉, the na-adjective しきり is ナリ活用:

しきり【▽頻り】 の意味

So it originally conjugates to its 連用形 (continuative form) しきり, but しきり is also used. 明鏡国語辞典 lists both しきりに and しきりと(redirecting to しきりに, so they have the same meaning) as 副詞. I think しきり sounds a little more casual/colloquial than しきり, just as the pairs 意外/意外, 割/割, やたら/やたら, 自然/自然.

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