Origin of fitful
Examples from the Web for fitful
There have been fitful mutterings about Catalonia, the region of Spain where Barcelona is, seceding from Spain.
So squandering away decades of a sterling credit rating over a “contentious and fitful process” will seem petty.
He made some fitful attempts to calm down a bit, filling modest, collage-like monochromatic surfaces with angular shapes.
The stress, compounded by fitful rest and sleepless nights, ages you quickly.
Hossein breathed heavily as he fell in and out of a fitful sleep.
I have lived in a spiritual shadowland, dreaming elusive dreams, my better part stayed by the fitful vision of things unseen.The Belovd Vagabond|William J. Locke
She is a very remarkable musician, that you know, and yet her talent is fitful.The Tyranny of the Dark|Hamlin Garland
Just as the pale dawn was drawing the things about them into sight, the fitful barking of dogs came near again, and stopped.Tales of Space and Time|Herbert George Wells
So the fitful calms and Elizabeth's love had not cured Frederick Brent's heart of its one eating disease, the desire for freedom.The Uncalled|Paul Laurence Dunbar
Still pondering the problem, I did fall at last into a fitful travesty of sleep.
used once by Shakespeare ("Macbeth," 1605) in sense of "characterized by fits," then revived by Scott (1810) with a sense of "shifting, changing." From fit (n.2) + -ful. Related: Fitfully; fitfulness.