patchy

[ pach-ee ]
/ ˈpætʃ i /
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adjective, patch·i·er, patch·i·est.

characterized by or made up of patches.
occurring in, forming, or like patches.
of inconsistent or irregular quality, texture, etc.; not uniform: patchy acting; patchy areas of fog.

Nearby words

  1. patchen, kenneth,
  2. patchogue,
  3. patchouli,
  4. patchstand,
  5. patchwork,
  6. patd,
  7. patd.,
  8. pate,
  9. patella,
  10. patellar fossa of vitreous

Origin of patchy

First recorded in 1790–1800; patch1 + -y1

Related formspatch·i·ly, adverbpatch·i·ness, noun

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Examples from the Web for patchiness

  • It lost its patchiness and settled to a pleasant, warming drift.

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British Dictionary definitions for patchiness

patchy

/ (ˈpætʃɪ) /

adjective patchier or patchiest

irregular in quality, occurrence, intensity, etca patchy essay
having or forming patches
Derived Formspatchily, adverbpatchiness, noun

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Word Origin and History for patchiness

patchy

adj.

1798, from patch (n.1) + -y (2).

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