\ 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

Examples of streaky in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Now, supermodel Bella Hadid is bringing streaky hair colour back into focus for the end of summer with a new hairstyle that's glossy black all over and accented with a face-framing highlight that appears to be an intentionally brassy orange. Megan Decker,, 5 Aug. 2021 Boswell is a top offensive threat from his streaky outside shooting, but Kaffey upholds Boswell's defensive prowess as one of the best among all Class of 2023 guards. Dana Scott, The Arizona Republic, 19 Aug. 2021 New York is streaky enough to ruin seasons for other teams. Sean Collins, Dallas News, 4 Aug. 2021 Back to the streaky slugger who strikes out more than once every four plate appearances? Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 7 July 2021 But Cole, 30, hasn’t been the same pitcher since the foreign substances ban (4.65 ERA in June), while the streaky Stanton, 31, continues to be hampered by injuries and inconsistency — an everyday DH with six years still to go on his deal. Mike Mazzeo, Forbes, 28 June 2021 The problem is that without exception, at-home sunless tanning is tedious, streaky, and doesn't smell great. Hannah Morrill, Marie Claire, 21 June 2021 Tanaka even makes a few brushes from feathers for strokes with an unusual streaky line quality. New York Times, 3 June 2021 George has been streaky in the playoffs during his career, first with the Indiana Pacers and then the Oklahoma City Thunder. Beth Harris, ajc, 24 June 2021

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First Known Use of streaky

1722, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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4 Sep 2021

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“Streaky.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of streaky

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


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