As adjectives the difference between patchy and fitful
is that patchy
is full of, or covered with, patches; abounding in patches while fitful
is irregular; unsteady; characterized by fits.
Full of, or covered with, patches; abounding in patches.
Not constant or continuous; intermittent or uneven .
- patchy clouds
Irregular; unsteady; characterized by fits.
*1605 , Shakespeare, Macbeth ,
- His breathing was fitful .
- [...] Duncan is in his grave;
*:The cabin lamp—taking long swings this way and that— was burning fitfully, and casting fitful shadows upon the old man’s bolted door [...]
*2012 , The Economist,
- After life's fitful fever he sleeps well;
The economy: Don’t say “green shoots”
*:So fitful has Britain’s economy been that any good news is understandably snatched at.