streaky

adjective
\ ˈstrē-kē How to pronounce streaky (audio) \
streakier; streakiest

Definition of streaky

1 : marked with streaks streaky bacon
2 : apprehensive nervous and streaky
3 : apt to vary (as in effectiveness) : unreliable

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Other Words from streaky

streakiness noun

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Though a streaky scorer, DiVincenzo shoots it well enough to provide spacing and can provide a legitimate boost when his jumper is falling. Jeremy Woo, SI.com, "2018 NBA Draft: Final Top 100 Prospect Rankings," 18 June 2018 The batter should not have any streaky flour in it, but it should be handled with a light touch. Ella Riley-adams, Vogue, "New York’s Coolest Pastry Chef Explains How to Make All-Natural Food Coloring for Holiday Cookies," 17 Dec. 2018 This helps to more effectively work the product into your skin and creates a more natural look (Translation: Less streaky foundation). Redbook, "4 Secrets to Sweat-Proof Summer Makeup," 6 July 2011 While the costume itself was killer, her yellow-colored skin was streaky and unevenly applied. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Emily Ratajkowski Wore a Fur Bikini for a “One Million Years B.C” Halloween Costume," 1 Nov. 2018 And if doesn't quite work out, the best way to deal with a streaky spray tan is with a tan eraser (like the Isle of Paradise version) or a body exfoliant mitt, a la St. Tropez's Remover Mitt. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Woman Shares Foot Self-Tanner Fail," 17 Oct. 2018 Can be streaky, but making 40% of threes on 6.5 attempts per game as a true freshman is impressive. Jeremy Woo, SI.com, "2018 NBA Draft: Gary Trent Jr. Scouting Report and Highlights," 15 June 2018 The tint came out a bit streaky and didn't want to adhere to my skin. Sable Yong, Allure, "I Tried Maybelline New York's Tattoo Studio Brow Pen and It's Like Training Wheels for Microblading," 20 June 2018 Robert Covington, the Sixers’ one-time G-Leaguer, was one of best perimeter defenders in the league, despite a streaky season. Sarah Todd, Philly.com, "What's the future of the Sixers roster? A player-by-player breakdown," 15 May 2018

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First Known Use of streaky

1722, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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streaky

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of streaky

: having or showing streaks
chiefly US : good or successful at some times and bad or unsuccessful at others : not reliably or consistently good

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