\ ˈpa-chē How to pronounce patchy (audio) \
patchier; patchiest

Definition of patchy

1 : marked by, consisting of, or diversified with patches
2 : irregular in appearance, makeup, or quality

Other Words from patchy

patchily \ ˈpa-​chə-​lē How to pronounce patchy (audio) \ adverb
patchiness \ ˈpa-​chē-​nəs How to pronounce patchy (audio) \ noun

Examples of patchy in a Sentence

The lawn is kind of patchy this year. Patchy fog made driving difficult. His knowledge of the language is patchy. She has only a patchy understanding of his condition.
Recent Examples on the Web There could be some patchy fog, although light west winds should help keep it minimal. Ian Livingston, Washington Post, 27 May 2022 India on Friday became the latest country to impose a ban on most single-use plastics, part of a growing but patchy global effort to tackle a leading source of pollution. Anant Gupta, Washington Post, 1 July 2022 How to Achieve a Streak-Free Tan Certainly though, none of us want to go through the effort of self tanning to reveal streaky, patchy bouts of color. Kiana Murden, Vogue, 9 June 2022 Nearly a year later, compliance has been patchy, despite the effort toward a unified approach. New York Times, 9 June 2022 In rural Alaska, the challenge in applying for a grant sometimes starts with printing out the necessary documents or accessing the internet, which is often patchy and expensive, Thurmond said. Alena Naiden, Anchorage Daily News, 30 May 2022 In vitiligo, the skin pigment cells are destroyed, and people end up with irregular, patchy loss of skin pigment. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 30 May 2022 Severe sunburn might also lead to patchy discoloration from the raw, blistered skin that appears as part of the healing process—and that could take months to even years to improve, according to Dr. Larson. Mara Santilli, SELF, 25 May 2022 The findings have come amid a patchy power supply in the country due to a coal crisis and heatwaves in the country. Niharika Sharma, Quartz, 20 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of patchy

1583, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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13 Aug 2022

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“Patchy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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