faulty

[fawl-tee]

adjective, fault·i·er, fault·i·est.

having faults or defects; imperfect.

Nearby words

  1. fault-finding,
  2. faultfinder,
  3. faultfinding,
  4. faultless,
  5. faultlessly,
  6. faulty union,
  7. faun,
  8. fauna,
  9. faunal,
  10. faunistic

Origin of faulty

First recorded in 1300–50, faulty is from the Middle English word fauty. See fault, -y1

Related formsfault·i·ly, adverbfault·i·ness, nounnon·fault·y, adjectiveun·fault·y, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for faultier

faulty

adjective faultier or faultiest

defective or imperfect
archaic culpable
Derived Formsfaultily, adverbfaultiness, noun

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Word Origin and History for faultier

faulty

adj.

late 14c., from fault (n.) + -y (2). Related: Faultiness.

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