patchy

adjective \ ˈpa-chē \
Updated on: 9 Nov 2017

Definition of patchy

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

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First Known Use of patchy

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PATCHY Defined for English Language Learners

patchy

adjective

Definition of patchy for English Language Learners

  • : 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


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