- like a sketch; giving only outlines or essentials.
- imperfect, incomplete, slight, or superficial: a sketchy meal.
- unreliable or unsafe: That street looks pretty sketchy.
- disreputable or shady: I'd stay away from him; he's got a sketchy past.
Origin of sketchy
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Historical Examples of sketchiness
- characteristic of a sketch; existing only in outline
- superficial or slight
- informal uncertain or unreliable
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Word Origin and History for sketchiness
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