sketchy

adjective \ ˈske-chē \
Updated on: 14 Jan 2018

Definition of sketchy

sketchier; sketchiest
1 : of the nature of a sketch : roughly outlined
2 : wanting in completeness, clearness, or substance : slight, superficial
  • the details are sketchy
3 : questionable, iffy
  • got into a sketchy situation
  • a sketchy character

sketchily

play \ˈske-chə-lē\ adverb

sketchiness

play \ˈske-chē-nəs\ noun

Examples of sketchy in a Sentence

  1. The details about the accident are still a little sketchy.

  2. I have only a sketchy idea of how it works.

Recent Examples of sketchy from the Web

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First Known Use of sketchy

1805


SKETCHY Defined for English Language Learners

sketchy

adjective

Definition of sketchy for English Language Learners

  • : not complete or clear

  • : done quickly without many details

  • : likely to be bad or dangerous


SKETCHY Defined for Kids

sketchy

adjective \ ˈske-chē \

Definition of sketchy for Students

sketchier; sketchiest
1 : roughly outlined
2 : lacking completeness or clearness
  • a sketchy description


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