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fitful

[fit-fuh l] /ˈfɪt fəl/
adjective
1.
coming, appearing, acting, etc., in fits or by spells; recurring irregularly.
Origin of fitful
1595-1605
1595-1605; fit2 + -ful
Related forms
fitfully, adverb
fitfulness, noun
Synonyms
sporadic, intermittent, erratic, haphazard.
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  • Sunshine and shadow chased each other with wonderful swiftness across the trees, like a fitfully blazing fire.

    Little Johannes Frederik van Eeden
  • Round the train of thy skirt, O my Peacock, I fitfully squirm.

  • Their meetings, their talks together, were like the torchlight that flashed and wavered and only fitfully revealed.

    Amabel Channice Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  • The men poled only fitfully, and we were driven solely by the current.

    Lords of the North A. C. Laut
  • But my treasury is empty, since even the taxes come in only fitfully.

    The Pharaoh and the Priest Alexander Glovatski
  • What his history had been was a secret which he illuminated only fitfully.

  • The other matter which fitfully preoccupied him was his unpleasant and unintentional interview with Sondheim.

    The Crimson Tide Robert W. Chambers
  • We slept but fitfully, and rose early to help prepare our breakfast.

    Border Ghost Stories Howard Pease
British Dictionary definitions for fitfully

fitful

/ˈfɪtfʊl/
adjective
1.
characterized by or occurring in irregular spells: fitful sleep
Derived Forms
fitfully, adverb
fitfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for fitfully

fitful

adj.

used once by Shakespeare ("Macbeth," 1605) in sense of "characterized by fits," then revived by Scott (1810) with a sense of "shifting, changing." From fit (n.2) + -ful. Related: Fitfully; fitfulness.

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