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fitful

[fit-fuh l] /ˈfɪt fəl/
adjective
1.
coming, appearing, acting, etc., in fits or by spells; recurring irregularly.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; fit2 + -ful
Related forms
fitfully, adverb
fitfulness, noun
Synonyms
sporadic, intermittent, erratic, haphazard.
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British Dictionary definitions for fitfulness

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 fitfulness

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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