Patchy vs Fitful - What's the difference?

patchy | fitful |


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.

patchy

English

Adjective

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

    fitful

    English

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • Irregular; unsteady; characterized by fits.
  • His breathing was fitful .
  • *1605 , Shakespeare, Macbeth ,
  • [...] Duncan is in his grave;
    After life's fitful fever he sleeps well;
  • *1851 ,
  • *: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, The economy: Don’t say “green shoots”
  • *:So fitful has Britain’s economy been that any good news is understandably snatched at.
  • Derived terms

    * fitfully * fitfulness