[ 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.
- unreliable or unsafe: That street looks pretty sketchy.
- disreputable or shady: I'd stay away from him; he's got a sketchy past.
- sketch book, the,
- sketch map,
- skew arch,
- skew field
Origin of sketchy
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/ (ˈskɛtʃɪ) /
adjective sketchier or sketchiest
characteristic of a sketch; existing only in outline
superficial or slight
informal uncertain or unreliable
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
1805, "having the form or character of a sketch," from sketch (n.) + -y (1). Colloquial sense of "unsubstantial, imperfect, flimsy" is from 1878, perhaps via the notion of "unfinished." Related: Sketchily; sketchiness.
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