Synonyms of 'patchy'
having or forming patchesThe wall looked patchy when the paint had dried.
He staggered on the uneven surface of the car park.
He had bad teeth, irregular and discoloured.
variegated grey and green leaves
His attendance record was spotty.
mottled green and yellow leaves
He stood in the dappled sunlight of the forest.
of uneven quality or intensityThe response to the strike call has been patchy.
She was suffering from an irregular heartbeat.
The green table lamp flickered with varying intensity.
Weather conditions are variable and change from day to day.
the erratic nature of our recent weather
He could hear that her breathing was uneven.
He drifted off into a fitful sleep.
It was bitty and absolutely meaningless.
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in the sense of bitty
lacking unityIt was bitty and absolutely meaningless.
in the sense of dappled
marked with spots of a different colourHe stood in the dappled sunlight of the forest.
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