Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

patchy

play
adjective \ˈpa-chē\

Simple Definition of patchy

  • : having some parts that are good and some that are bad

  • : existing or seen in some areas but not others

  • : not thorough or complete enough to be useful

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of patchy

patchierpatchiest

  1. 1 :  marked by, consisting of, or diversified with patches

  2. 2 :  irregular in appearance, makeup, or quality

patchily play \ˈpa-chə-lē\ adverb
patchiness play \ˈpa-chē-nəs\ noun

Examples of patchy in a sentence

  1. The lawn is kind of patchy this year.

  2. Patchy fog made driving difficult.

  3. His knowledge of the language is patchy.

  4. She has only a patchy understanding of his condition.



1798

First Known Use of patchy

1798



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up patchy? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to defraud especially of money

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image567572573

Which of these is a synonym of unctuous?

angry oily prompt maudlin
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ