patchy

[ pach-ee ]
/ ˈpætʃ i /

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.

Origin of patchy

First recorded in 1790–1800; patch1 + -y1
Related formspatch·i·ly, adverbpatch·i·ness, noun
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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 patchy

patchy


adj.

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

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