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.
Characterized by squalls, or sudden violent bursts of wind; gusty.
* 1759 , John Lindsay, A Voyage to the Coast of Africa, In 1758 ,
* 1824 , John Davy, Observations on the Specific Gravity and Temperature of Sea-Water, Made During a Voyage from Ceylon to England, in 1819 and 1820'', David Brewster, Robert Jameson (editors), ''The Edinburgh Philosophical Journal, Volume 10,
- On the eighth of February the winds grew ?trong and ?qually , accompanied with rain and a north-we?t ?well;.
* 2011 , Mary Maclaren, The Four Elizabeths , Xlibris (2011), ISBN 9781456853723,
- Feb. 9. 1820.The night was rather squally and cloudy, with occasional showers.
Producing or characteristic of loud wails.
* 1953 , Annemarie Selinko, Désirée , William Morrow & Company (1953),
- Within three days, having sailed into increasingly squally winds but still with extremely high temperatures, Arndell found himself kept busy with renewed bouts of seasickness.
* 1984 , Bernard Evslin, Hercules , Open Road Integrated Media (2012), ISBN 9781453264478,
- Something whimpered in the room—high and squally .
* 2012 , Ferida Wolff, "Not My Father's Son", in Chicken Soup for the Father and Son Soul: Celebrating the Bond That Connects Generations , Open Road Integrated Media (2012), ISBN 9781453274910,
- One baby was three times as big as his brother and different in other ways. He wasn't bald and squinched and squally like most infants, but had a nimbus of red-gold hair and huge gray eyes and lay there smiling to himself.
- “Well,” he said, “if I can't have a Buick, I'll at least have a son.”
(UK, dialect) Interrupted by unproductive spots, as a field of turnips or grain.
- When I was born, he very quickly saw that I was a scrawny, squally baby girl. I was not a Buick, and I was not his son.
(weaving, of cloth) Not equally good throughout; not uniform; uneven; faulty.
* 1763 , Danby Pickering, The Statutes at Large, From the First Year of Q. Mary to the Thirty-Fifth Year of Q. Elizabeth , Volume VI, Joseph Bentham (1763),
- It is enacted, That if at any time after the first day of May , any cloth or ker?ie, through the default or negligence of the carders, spinners or weavers, or any of them, shall or do prove purfy, cockly, bandy, squally or rowy by warp or woof,