- full of, having, or occurring in spots: spotty coloring.
- irregular or uneven in quality or character: a spotty performance.
Origin of spotty
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Examples from the Web for spotty
But in the painting, because this is a Thomas Kinkade piece, Spotty looks like a sweet little Dalmatian.The Drunken Downfall of Evangelical America's Favorite Painter
June 8, 2014
He had, as Weisbrode points out, a great reverence for the institution of monarchy, but a spotty record with monarchs.Bags of Swank: The Unlikely Alliance Between Churchill and George VI
October 19, 2013
Third, he relied on spotty intelligence and the threat of chemical weapons to justify a preemptive strike.A Veteran Sees Echoes of Iraq and Argues Against Intervention in Syria
Brian Van Reet
September 9, 2013
Because the cooling system was also spotty, all doors were always open.Cruise Ships: They’re Just Floating Bathrooms
Brian David Bruns
February 13, 2013
Promotion has been spotty for officers who distinguished themselves by their imagination in either war.New Biography of General Petraeus Misses the Man
February 2, 2012
Spotty wagged his tail as they drove off, but he would not follow the wagon.
Spotty appeared at the barn door, wagging his tail engagingly.
Spotty was apparently as glad to see them, and in his way tried to tell them so.
That's what those dirty, spotty looking things on the Hills call it.Janet of the Dunes
Harriet T. Comstock
Spotty the Turtle was also there, not to mention Longlegs the Heron.The Burgess Animal Book for Children
Thornton W. Burgess
- abounding in or characterized by spots or marks, esp on the skina spotty face
- not consistent or uniform; irregular or uneven, often in quality
Word Origin and History for spotty
mid-14c., "marked with spots," from spot (n.). Meaning "unsteady, uneven" is attested from 1932, from a more specific use with reference to painting (1812).