adjective, spot·ti·er, spot·ti·est.

full of, having, or occurring in spots: spotty coloring.
irregular or uneven in quality or character: a spotty performance.

Origin of spotty

Middle English word dating back to 1300–50; see origin at spot, -y1
Related formsspot·ti·ly, adverbspot·ti·ness, noun

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adjective -tier or -tiest

abounding in or characterized by spots or marks, esp on the skina spotty face
not consistent or uniform; irregular or uneven, often in quality
Derived Formsspottily, adverbspottiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for spotty

mid-14c., "marked with spots," from spot (n.). Meaning "unsteady, uneven" is attested from 1932, from a more specific use with reference to painting (1812).

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