fit-fully

fitful

[fit-fuhl]
adjective
coming, appearing, acting, etc., in fits or by spells; recurring irregularly.

Origin:
1595–1605; fit2 + -ful

fitfully, adverb
fitfulness, noun


sporadic, intermittent, erratic, haphazard.
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fitful (ˈfɪtfʊl)
 
adj
characterized by or occurring in irregular spells: fitful sleep
 
'fitfully
 
adv
 
'fitfulness
 
n

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fitful
used once by Shakespeare ("Macbeth" iii.2) in sense of "characterized by fits," then revived by Scott (1810) with a sense of "shifting, changing." From fit (n.2) + -ful. Related: Fitfully.
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