- 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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Examples from the Web for sketchy
And it is conjecture, based on the sketchy bits of evidence we possess.Is Brooklyn Becoming Unsafe for Gays? It Depends On Which Ones
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And former senior Obama adviser David Axelrod dismissed it as “sketchy.”Rick Perry's PAC Pulls a 'Free Winona'
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While reports are sketchy, there were likely tens of thousands of Iraqi security forces of all types in and around Mosul.Iraq Is Vietnam 2.0 And U.S. Drones Won’t Solve The Problem
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The image, with all of its sketchy lines and minimal color palette, had to be rendered in a matter of seconds.O.J., Martha, Jagger, and Manson: Capturing Celebrities in the Dock
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While driving, listening to the first sketchy news reports, hot tears were streaming down my face.Frazier Glenn Miller Would Kill Every Jew Like Me
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I can't swear to any of these things; they're sketchy impressions.Her Father's Daughter
The sketchy nephew hinted that he might have fallen off a bridge.Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
It is a phrase that recurs at intervals in his sketchy "Confessions."Scaramouche
He could just write a kind of sketchy hand, and didn't care for writing at all.Youth
She is too young to endure it, sobbed the by-product to her of the sketchy face.Iole
Robert W. Chambers
- characteristic of a sketch; existing only in outline
- superficial or slight
- informal uncertain or unreliable
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Word Origin and History for sketchy
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