fitful


fit·ful

adjective \ˈfit-fəl\

: not regular or steady

Full Definition of FITFUL

1
obsolete :  characterized by fits or paroxysms
2
:  having an erratic or intermittent character :  irregular
fit·ful·ly \-fə-lē\ adverb
fit·ful·ness noun

Examples of FITFUL

  1. He had a few fitful hours of sleep.
  2. Several fitful attempts at negotiation have failed.

First Known Use of FITFUL

1592

Synonym Discussion of FITFUL

fitful, spasmodic, convulsive mean lacking steadiness or regularity in movement. fitful implies intermittence, a succession of starts and stops or risings and fallings <fitful sleep>. spasmodic adds to fitful the implication of rapid or violent activity alternating with inactivity <spasmodic growth>. convulsive suggests the breaking of regularity or quiet by uncontrolled movement <convulsive shocks>.

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