fitful

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adjective fit·ful \ˈfit-fəl\

Definition of fitful

  1. 1 obsolete :  characterized by fits or paroxysms

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

fitfully

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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.

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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 English Language Learners

fitful

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adjective

Definition of fitful for English Language Learners

  • : not regular or steady


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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