spotty

adjective spot·ty \ ˈspä-tē \
Updated on: 30 Nov 2017

Definition of spotty

spottier; spottiest
1 : marked with spots : spotted
2 : lacking uniformity especially in quality
  • the performance was spotty
; also : irregularly or sparsely distributed
  • spotty attendance
  • spotty data

spottily

play \ˈspä-tə-lē\ adverb

spottiness

play \ˈspä-tē-nəs\ noun

Examples of spotty in a Sentence

  1. Her work has been spotty.

  2. The service at that restaurant is a little spotty.

  3. students with spotty attendance records

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First Known Use of spotty

14th century


SPOTTY Defined for English Language Learners

spotty

adjective

Definition of spotty for English Language Learners

  • : not always good : good in some parts or at some times but not others

  • : marked with spots


SPOTTY Defined for Kids

spotty

adjective spot·ty \ ˈspä-tē \

Definition of spotty for Students

spottier; spottiest
1 : having spots
2 : not always the same especially in quality
  • Your work has been spotty.


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