sketchy
adjective (sketchier; -est) Date: 1805 1. of the nature of a sketch ; roughly outlined 2. wanting in completeness, clearness, or substance ; slight, superficial <
the details are sketchy
>
3. questionable, iffy <
got into a sketchy situation
>
<
a sketchy character
>
sketchily adverbsketchiness noun

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  • Sketchy — Sketch y, a. Containing only an outline or rough form; being in the manner of a sketch; incomplete. [1913 Webster] The execution is sketchy throughout; the head, in particular, is left in the rough. J. S. Harford. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sketchy — index deficient, inchoate, partial (relating to a part), perfunctory, unclear Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • sketchy — 1805, from SKETCH (Cf. sketch) + Y (Cf. y) (1). Colloquial sense of “unsubstantial, imperfect, flimsy” is from 1878. Related: Sketchiness …   Etymology dictionary

  • sketchy — [adj] rough, incomplete coarse, crude, cursory, defective, depthless, faulty, imperfect, inadequate, insufficient, introductory, outline, perfunctory, preliminary, scrappy, shallow, skimpy, slight, superficial, uncritical, unfinished, vague;… …   New thesaurus

  • sketchy — ► ADJECTIVE (sketchier, sketchiest) ▪ not thorough or detailed. DERIVATIVES sketchily adverb sketchiness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • sketchy — [skechē] adj. sketchier, sketchiest 1. having the form of a sketch; presenting only major parts or points; not detailed 2. lacking completeness; rough; inadequate sketchily adv. sketchiness n …   English World dictionary

  • sketchy — UK [ˈsketʃɪ] / US adjective Word forms sketchy : adjective sketchy comparative sketchier superlative sketchiest 1) not detailed or complete sketchy details/information/reports 2) informal dishonest or not reliable I m not some sketchy character… …   English dictionary

  • sketchy — 1) Anything that isn t cool, predictable, funny, or chill. Chill is the opposite of sketchy. Can be used only as an adjective. After swerving to avoid hitting another car, That was sketchy. 2) Unsettling or questionable. Check out that sketchy… …   Dictionary of american slang

  • sketchy — 1) Anything that isn t cool, predictable, funny, or chill. Chill is the opposite of sketchy. Can be used only as an adjective. After swerving to avoid hitting another car, That was sketchy. 2) Unsettling or questionable. Check out that sketchy… …   Dictionary of american slang

  • sketchy — [[t]ske̱tʃi[/t]] sketchier, sketchiest ADJ GRADED Sketchy information about something does not include many details and is therefore incomplete or inadequate. Details of what actually happened are still sketchy... Only sketchy information exists… …   English dictionary

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