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fitful

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adjective fit·ful \ˈfit-fəl\

Simple Definition of fitful

  • : not regular or steady

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of fitful

  1. 1 obsolete :  characterized by fits or paroxysms

  2. 2 :  having an erratic or intermittent character :  irregular

fitfully play \-fə-lē\ adverb
fitfulness noun

Examples of fitful in a sentence

  1. He had a few fitful hours of sleep.

  2. Several fitful attempts at negotiation have failed.



1592

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>.

FITFUL Defined for Kids

fitful

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adjective fit·ful \ˈfit-fəl\

Definition of fitful for Students

  1. :  not regular or steady <fitful sleep>

fitfully adverb




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