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sketchy

[skech-ee] /ˈskɛtʃ i/
adjective, sketchier, sketchiest.
1.
like a sketch; giving only outlines or essentials.
Synonyms: cursory, rough, meager, crude.
2.
imperfect, incomplete, slight, or superficial:
a sketchy meal.
3.
Informal.
  1. unreliable or unsafe:
    That street looks pretty sketchy.
  2. disreputable or shady:
    I'd stay away from him; he's got a sketchy past.
Origin
1795-1805
1795-1805; sketch + -y1
Related forms
sketchily, adverb
sketchiness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for sketchily

sketchy

/ˈskɛtʃɪ/
adjective sketchier, sketchiest
1.
characteristic of a sketch; existing only in outline
2.
superficial or slight
3.
(informal) uncertain or unreliable
Derived Forms
sketchily, adverb
sketchiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for sketchily

sketchy

adj.

1805, "having the form or character of a sketch," from sketch (n.) + -y (1). Colloquial sense of "unsubstantial, imperfect, flimsy" is from 1878, perhaps via the notion of "unfinished." Related: Sketchily; sketchiness.

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Slang definitions & phrases for sketchily

skell

noun

A street derelict who may be a villain: Perp: also a mutt, a mope, a skid, or a skell

[1980s+ New York City police; ultimately fr Dutch schelm, ''scoundrel, villain,'' found in English as skelum by 1611]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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