sketchy

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adjective \ˈske-chē\

Definition of sketchy

sketchier

;

sketchiest

  1. 1 :  of the nature of a sketch :  roughly outlined

  2. 2 :  wanting in completeness, clearness, or substance :  slight, superficial the details are sketchy

  3. 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.

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First Known Use of sketchy

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SKETCHY Defined for English Language Learners

sketchy

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adjective \ˈske-chē\

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

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adjective \ˈske-chē\

Definition of sketchy for Students

sketchier

;

sketchiest

  1. 1 :  roughly outlined

  2. 2 :  lacking completeness or clearness a sketchy description



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