hit-or-miss

1 of 2

adjective

: marked by a lack of care, forethought, system, or plan
also : hit-and-miss

hit or miss

2 of 2

adverb

: in a hit-or-miss manner : haphazardly

Examples of hit-or-miss in a Sentence

Adverb I was learning Spanish hit or miss, mostly just by hearing my friends speak it.
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
Since then, it’s been pretty hit-or-miss with outcomes worse than flipping a coin over the past decade. Erik Kain, Forbes, 10 Feb. 2024 Despite its hit-or-miss fart jokes and problematic weight humor, the film surprises with its prosthetic artistry and heartwarming touch that goes beyond the ordinary comedy fare. James Mercadante, Ilana Gordon, EW.com, 22 Sep. 2023 Opinions, of course, will vary, but for me, the blend was a hit-or-miss affair. Chris Morris, Fortune, 17 Dec. 2023 As tech giants like Amazon and Apple warm up to the big screen and release movies in a traditional sense (each company is reportedly planning to invest $1 billion per year on theatrical films), that’s scrambling the idea of what is hit-or-miss at the box office. Rebecca Rubin, Variety, 7 Nov. 2023 The new Exorcist sequels might be less dependent on the first entry being a major hit than other franchises — like, for example, superhero movies — because fans are accustomed to horror movie franchises being hit-or-miss and the Exorcist brand goes back decades. James Hibberd, The Hollywood Reporter, 4 Oct. 2023 Both clubs are similar, with talented rotations backed up by hit-or-miss offenses. Los Angeles Times Staff, Los Angeles Times, 3 Oct. 2023 Typically, that doesn’t bode well for passengers as quality can be hit-or-miss. Chris Dong, Travel + Leisure, 17 Sep. 2023 If Texas can beat Alabama, is there really anyone in the Big 12 who can beat Texas? Quinn Ewers and the Heisman Trophy Ewers entered the season with the nation's third-best Heisman odds after a hit-or-miss first year in the starting lineup. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, 9 Sep. 2023
Adverb
It’s been really hit or miss, and mostly something that feels safe to ignore among more interesting games in the landscape. Paul Tassi, Forbes, 13 Feb. 2024 As for his accuracy in weather-predicting – Phil’s hit or miss. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, 2 Feb. 2024 As anime fans know, live-action manga adaptations can be hit or miss. Chris Snellgrove, EW.com, 26 Jan. 2024 Finding a store that’s open and can come to your rescue can be a hit or miss affair, but there are a few options. Bychris Morris, Fortune, 24 Dec. 2023 The surprise element in style bundles can also be a hit or miss. Darshita Goyal, refinery29.com, 17 Dec. 2023 Though these massive desserts had a decent crumb and texture, the flavors were hit or miss. Sam Stone, Bon Appétit, 26 Sep. 2023 Credential Capture and Replay Capturing login credentials while using Proton Pass was hit or miss in our testing, which is not ideal. PCMAG, 18 Jan. 2024 Some showers probably pop up — especially in the afternoon — but they’re hit or miss. David Streit, Washington Post, 28 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Adjective

1848, in the meaning defined above

Adverb

1606, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hit-or-miss was in 1606

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Cite this Entry

“Hit-or-miss.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hit-or-miss. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

hit or miss

adverb
: without plan, order, or direction : haphazardly
hit-or-miss
ˌhit-ər-ˈmis
adjective
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