\ ˈstrē-kē \
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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streakiness noun

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Not with four years and $90 million left on the streaky slugger’s contract. Mike Digiovanna,, "Three up, three down: What's trending in MLB," 30 June 2018 Rookie infielders Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar have combined for 25 homers, and the streaky Didi Gregorius has chipped in another 15. Jack Dickey,, "Midseason Report Card: Red Sox, Yankees Continue to Control the AL East," 29 June 2018 Forward Height: 6-9 • Weight: 195 Musa is a confident, streaky shooter with a quick release and extended three-point range. Michael Singer, USA TODAY, "2018 NBA mock draft: Suns take Deandre Ayton at No. 1, Kings settle on star Luka Doncic," 16 May 2018 There were the chunky, streaky highlights; the ombré; and the bleach blonde double process that left me with lavender hair that would later fade to gray and then platinum. Ella Cerón, Teen Vogue, "How to Fix Bad Box Hair Dye," 10 July 2018 Hosmer has been exceptionally streaky in his first season with the Padres. Kevin Acee,, "Padres notes: Scuffling Hosmer sits; good news on Lyles," 25 June 2018 Those first few attempts were a bit streaky, but after cleaning the whole area with a cotton bud soaked in micellar water, letting that dry, and starting over with clean skin, the lines were much sharper. Sable Yong, Allure, "I Tried Maybelline New York's Tattoo Studio Brow Pen and It's Like Training Wheels for Microblading," 20 June 2018 Extremely streaky shooter, even during an overall blistering season as a senior. Jake Fischer,, "2018 NBA Draft: Svi Mykhailiuk Scouting Report and Highlights," 15 June 2018 According to Trujillo, start by softening the outer layer of the skin by soaking or exfoliating the streaky area in question. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Ashley Graham Apparently Removes Self-Tanner Streaks With Windex — Here's Why You Should Not Do That," 29 May 2018

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First Known Use of streaky

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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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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occurring twice a year or every two years

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