patchy
adjective (patchier; -est) Date: 1798 1. marked by, consisting of, or diversified with patches 2. irregular in appearance, makeup, or quality • patchily adverbpatchiness noun

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  • patchy — ► ADJECTIVE (patchier, patchiest) 1) existing or happening in small, isolated areas: patchy fog. 2) uneven in quality; inconsistent. DERIVATIVES patchily adverb patchiness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • Patchy — Patch y, a. Full of, or covered with, patches; abounding in patches. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • patchy — (adj.) 1798, from PATCH (Cf. patch) (n.1) + Y (Cf. y) (2) …   Etymology dictionary

  • patchy — [adj] spotty, not consistent erratic, fitful, irregular, random, sketchy, uneven, variable, varying; concept 482 Ant. consistent, continuous, regular, unspotted …   New thesaurus

  • patchy — [pach′ē] adj. patchier, patchiest 1. a) made up of or characterized by patches b) forming or like patches 2. giving the effect of patches; not consistent or uniform in quality; irregular patchily adv. patchiness n …   English World dictionary

  • patchy — UK [ˈpætʃɪ] / US adjective Word forms patchy : adjective patchy comparative patchier superlative patchiest 1) happening or existing in some places but not in other places If your lawn has extensive areas of patchy growth, try watering it. Demand… …   English dictionary

  • patchy — [[t]pæ̱tʃi[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED A patchy substance or colour exists in some places but not in others, or is thick in some places and thin in others. Thick patchy fog and irresponsible driving were to blame... Bottle tans can make your legs, arms… …   English dictionary

  • patchy — patch|y [ pætʃi ] adjective 1. ) happening or existing in some places but not in other places: a patchy beard/lawn patchy rain/cloud/fog: Low clouds and patchy rain are forecast for tomorrow. 2. ) not detailed enough or complete enough to be… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • patchy — adj. VERBS ▪ be, seem ▪ become ▪ remain ADVERB ▪ extremely, fairly, very …   Collocations dictionary

  • patchy — patch|y [ˈpætʃi] adj 1.) happening or existing in some areas but not in others ▪ patchy fog 2.) not complete enough to be useful ▪ His knowledge of French remained pretty patchy. ▪ There is only patchy evidence of the animal s existence. 3.)… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • patchy — adjective 1 happening or existing irregularly in a number of small separate areas: patchy fog 2 not complete enough to be useful: His knowledge of French remained pretty patchy. | patchy evidence 3 especially BrE good in some parts but bad in… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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