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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Bazelak's accuracy has been streaky, and his .549 completion percentage puts him last among the Big Ten's starting quarterbacks. Matthew Glenesk, The Indianapolis Star, 5 Nov. 2022 Note that the pan may look splotchy or streaky and will become darker as the season process progresses. Sarah Wharton, Good Housekeeping, 7 Nov. 2022 The 6-3 senior was inconsistent in his first season at USC, streaky from the perimeter and uneven in his ability to initiate the offense as point guard. Ryan Kartje, Los Angeles Times, 7 Nov. 2022 Alabama had beaten Tennessee three straight times dating back to 1986, and in 14 of the previous 18 years in what was then and remains now a streaky rivalry. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, 14 Oct. 2022 Yet pale, streaky dots punctuate the relative darkness of Neptune in the Webb image. Manasee Wagh, Popular Mechanics, 21 Sep. 2022 While a stark white nail polish can easily come off streaky or thick, this version impressed our tester with its silky-smooth results. Alyssa Brascia, Peoplemag, 11 Sep. 2022 Though the brush was a perk, our tester found that the application was a bit streaky on their nails after two coats, requiring a third. Alyssa Brascia, Peoplemag, 11 Sep. 2022 Story, who is naturally a streaky hitter, appeared to have found something that would cut down on such high-highs and low-lows. Julian Mcwilliams, BostonGlobe.com, 29 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1722, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of streaky was in 1722

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Cite this Entry

“Streaky.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/streaky. Accessed 3 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

streakier; streakiest
1
: having or showing streaks
2
: likely to vary : changeable
a streaky hitter in baseball
streakiness noun
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