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patchy

[pach-ee] /ˈpætʃ i/
adjective, patchier, patchiest.
1.
characterized by or made up of patches.
2.
occurring in, forming, or like patches.
3.
of inconsistent or irregular quality, texture, etc.; not uniform:
patchy acting; patchy areas of fog.
Origin
1790-1800
1790-1800; patch1 + -y1
Related forms
patchily, adverb
patchiness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for patchiness

patchy

/ˈpætʃɪ/
adjective patchier, patchiest
1.
irregular in quality, occurrence, intensity, etc: a patchy essay
2.
having or forming patches
Derived Forms
patchily, adverb
patchiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for patchiness

patchy

adj.

1798, from patch (n.1) + -y (2).

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