Patchy vs Erratic - What's the difference?

patchy | erratic |


As adjectives the difference between patchy and erratic

is that patchy is full of, or covered with, patches; abounding in patches while erratic is unsteady, random; prone to unexpected changes; not consistent.

As a noun erratic is

(geology) a rock moved from one location to another, usually by a glacier.

patchy

English

Adjective

(er)
  • Full of, or covered with, patches; abounding in patches.
  • Not constant or continuous; intermittent or uneven .
  • patchy clouds

    erratic

    English

    Alternative forms

    * erratick, erraticke, erratique (obsolete)

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • unsteady, random; prone to unexpected changes; not consistent
  • Henry has been getting erratic scores on his tests: 40% last week, but 98% this week.
  • Deviating from the common course in opinion or conduct; eccentric; odd.
  • erratic conduct

    Derived terms

    * erratically

    Antonyms

    * consistent

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • (geology) A rock moved from one location to another, usually by a glacier.
  • * 2003 , (Bill Bryson), A Short History of Nearly Everything , BCA 2003, p. 372:
  • The term for a displaced boulder is an erratic , but in the nineteenth century the expression seemed to apply more often to the theories than to the rocks.
  • Anything that has erratic characteristics.
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