[ skech-ee ]
/ ˈskɛtʃ i /

adjective, sketch·i·er, sketch·i·est.

like a sketch; giving only outlines or essentials.
imperfect, incomplete, slight, or superficial: a sketchy meal.
  1. unreliable or unsafe: That street looks pretty sketchy.
  2. disreputable or shady: I'd stay away from him; he's got a sketchy past.

Origin of sketchy

First recorded in 1795–1805; sketch + -y1


sketch·i·ly, adverbsketch·i·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for sketchiness

  • Her search is less thorough than the maid's but there is a touch of fury in it, that quite makes up for its sketchiness.

    This Side of Paradise|F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • A glass jar of pickle and one of olives added to the sketchiness of the table.

British Dictionary definitions for sketchiness

/ (ˈskɛtʃɪ) /

adjective sketchier or sketchiest

characteristic of a sketch; existing only in outline
superficial or slight
informal uncertain or unreliable

Derived forms of sketchy

sketchily, adverbsketchiness, noun
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