Patchy vs Sketchy - What's the difference?

patchy | sketchy |


As adjectives the difference between patchy and sketchy

is that patchy is full of, or covered with, patches; abounding in patches while sketchy is roughly or hastily laid out; intended for later refinement.

patchy

English

Adjective

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

    sketchy

    English

    Adjective

    (er)
  • Roughly or hastily laid out; intended for later refinement.
  • The first draft included a sketchy design.
  • Resembling a comedy sketch, of sketch quality.
  • (slang) Of questionable or doubtful quality.
  • The sketchy repair job did not look like it would hold.
  • (slang, of a person) Suspected of taking part in illicit or dishonorable dealings.
  • Because he is so sketchy , I always think that he is up to something.
  • (slang, of a person) Disturbing or unnerving, often in such a way that others may suspect them of intending physical or sexual harm or harassment.
  • Jack is so sketchy , I think he's stalking me.

    Synonyms

    * dicey * dodgy * seedy * shady

    See also

    * skeezy