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spotty

[spot-ee] /ˈspɒt i/
adjective, spottier, spottiest.
1.
full of, having, or occurring in spots:
spotty coloring.
2.
irregular or uneven in quality or character:
a spotty performance.
Origin of spotty
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English; see spot, -y1
Related forms
spottily, adverb
spottiness, noun
Synonyms
2. erratic, random, sporadic, episodic.
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spotty

/ˈspɒtɪ/
adjective -tier, -tiest
1.
abounding in or characterized by spots or marks, esp on the skin: a spotty face
2.
not consistent or uniform; irregular or uneven, often in quality
Derived Forms
spottily, adverb
spottiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for spotty
adj.

mid-14c., "marked with spots," from spot (n.). Meaning "unsteady, uneven" is attested from 1932, from a more specific use with reference to painting (1812).

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