First Known Use of hit-or-miss
Synonymsaimless, arbitrary, catch-as-catch-can, desultory, erratic, haphazard, helter-skelter, hit-or-miss, scattered, slapdash, stray
Antonymsmethodical (also methodic), nonrandom, orderly, organized, regular, systematic, systematized
Related Wordsaccidental, casual, chance, chancy, contingent, fluky (also flukey), fortuitous, inadvertent, incidental, lucky, unconsidered, unintended, unintentional, unplanned, unpremeditated; scattershot, shotgun; irregular, odd, sporadic, spot; directionless, objectless, purposeless; indiscriminate, unsystematic; undirected; disorderly, disorganized; undiscriminating, unselective
Near Antonymsestablished, fixed, regular, set, stable, steady; constant, continuous, even; arranged, managed, orchestrated, ordered, planned; aware, conscious, deliberate, purposeful, thoughtful, willful (or wilful)
Examples of hit or miss in a Sentence
I was learning Spanish hit or miss, mostly just by hearing my friends speak it.
Recent Examples of hit or miss from the Web
On an offense still developing and is sometimes hit or miss, field goal kicking must be virtually perfect.
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First Known Use of hit or miss
hit or miss Synonyms
Synonymsaimlessly, anyhow, anyway, anywise, desultorily, erratically, haphazard, haphazardly, helter-skelter, irregularly, randomly, willy-nilly, at random
Related Wordsarbitrarily, capriciously, carelessly, casually, indiscriminately, informally, offhand, offhandedly, promiscuously, whimsically; accidentally, fortuitously, inadvertently, unconsciously, unintentionally, unwittingly; disconnectedly, disjointedly, fitfully, intermittently, spottily, unpredictably; higgledy-piggledy, topsy-turvy
Near Antonymscarefully, formally, gingerly, meticulously, orderly, punctiliously; deliberately, intentionally, purposefully, purposely
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