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adjective as in spotty, not consistent

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Some patchy drizzle is possible, which seems likely to be of the freezing variety if so, given the low temperatures.

We may continue to see this patchy precipitation through midmorning or so before it subsides.

The group facing the monument seemed to duck and scurry in unison before bending down to the patchy grass, collecting piles of snow and hurling balls back in the other direction.

Indonesia, which had one of the fastest growing airline industries in the world prior to Covid, has a patchy safety record when it comes to air accidents.

From Fortune

Express forecastForecast in detailAfter patchy slick spots this morning from refreeze ice, then from snow showers later, it’s a chilly — but not one of our extreme — Christmases.

The food and table service for the humans certainly did seem patchy.

(The World Bank's statistics on Venezuela are surprisingly patchy, so this limits the number of variables I could look at).

Though details are still patchy, the timeline was fairly straightforward.

The population distribution of these marvelous creatures is patchy too.

We know British intelligence at the time on WMD was "patchy and sporadic."

The works, as wholes, are not altogether satisfactory in the matter of form, and appear somewhat patchy.

He ran in the direction he thought the would-be assassin must have taken, but the fog was patchy and he misjudged.

The field was a vast place, partly stubbly grass, partly worn and patchy, like a parade-ground.

The Dutch samplers might, as a rule, be described as patchy.

During the following summer we collected seed of the same grasses to sow early in spring in any patchy or bare places.


On this page you'll find 23 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to patchy, such as: erratic, fitful, irregular, sketchy, uneven, and random.

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