patchy

[pach-ee]
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; patch1 + -y1

patchily, adverb
patchiness, noun
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patchy (ˈpætʃɪ)
 
adj , patchier, patchiest
1.  irregular in quality, occurrence, intensity, etc: a patchy essay
2.  having or forming patches
 
'patchily
 
adv
 
'patchiness
 
n

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PATCHY definition


A Fortran code management program written at CERN.

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Example sentences
He's a kind of half-breed, and the colour's come off patchy instead of mixing.
Their trunks are patchy white and their green leaves simply become dull and
  drop in autumn, never showing any trace of fall color.
Next comes a district of blocky, concrete structures with patchy lawns and low
  palm trees.
Significant snowfall may occur in the winter, and snow removal efforts may be
  patchy.
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