fitful

[ fit-fuhl ]
/ ˈfɪt fəl /

adjective

coming, appearing, acting, etc., in fits or by spells; recurring irregularly.

Nearby words

  1. fitch, clyde,
  2. fitch, john,
  3. fitchburg,
  4. fitchet,
  5. fitchew,
  6. fitfully,
  7. fitly,
  8. fitment,
  9. fitna,
  10. fitness

Origin of fitful

First recorded in 1595–1605; fit2 + -ful

Related formsfit·ful·ly, adverbfit·ful·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for fitful

fitful

/ (ˈfɪtfʊl) /

adjective

characterized by or occurring in irregular spellsfitful sleep
Derived Formsfitfully, adverbfitfulness, noun

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Word Origin and History for fitful

fitful

adj.

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.

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