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spotty

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adjective spot·ty \ˈspä-tē\

Simple Definition of spotty

  • : not always good : good in some parts or at some times but not others

  • : marked with spots

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of spotty

spottier

spottiest

  1. 1 :  marked with spots :  spotted

  2. 2 :  lacking uniformity especially in quality <the performance was spotty>; also :  irregularly or sparsely distributed <spotty attendance> <spotty data>

spottily

play \ˈspä-tə-lē\ adverb

spottiness

play \ˈspä-tē-nəs\ noun

Examples of spotty in a sentence

  1. Her work has been spotty.

  2. The service at that restaurant is a little spotty.

  3. students with spotty attendance records



14th Century

First Known Use of spotty

14th century

Rhymes with spotty


SPOTTY Defined for Kids

spotty

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adjective spot·ty \ˈspä-tē\

Definition of spotty for Students

spottier

spottiest

  1. 1 :  having spots

  2. 2 :  not always the same especially in quality <Your work has been spotty.>





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