spotty

[spot-ee]
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:
1300–50; Middle English; see spot, -y1

spottily, adverb
spottiness, noun


2. erratic, random, sporadic, episodic.
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spotty (ˈspɒtɪ)
 
adj , -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
 
'spottily
 
adv
 
'spottiness
 
n

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spotty
mid-14c., "marked with spots," from spot (n.). Meaning "unsteady, uneven" is attested from 1932, from a more specific use with ref. to painting (1812).
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Example sentences
Most ancient peat forests die gradually, leaving only spotty evidence of what
  grew there.
While praising good intentions, environmentalists fault the government for
  spotty management and enforcement of regulations.
Wifi can be a little tricky and spotty, but it's free and you can work it out
  with a little patience.
But those systems tend to be woefully spotty in their ability to store and
  recall information.
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