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fit·ful

 (fĭt′fəl)
adj.
Occurring in or characterized by intermittent bursts, as of activity; irregular: "My sleep, when it came, was fitful" (Kelly Braffet).

fit′ful·ly adv.
fit′ful·ness n.

fitful

(ˈfɪtfʊl)
adj
characterized by or occurring in irregular spells: fitful sleep.
ˈfitfully adv
ˈfitfulness n

fit•ful

(ˈfɪt fəl)

adj.
having a spasmodic character; recurring irregularly: fitful sleep.
[1595–1605]
fit′ful•ly, adv.
fit′ful•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.fitful - occurring in spells and often abruptly; "fitful bursts of energy"; "spasmodic rifle fire"
sporadic - recurring in scattered and irregular or unpredictable instances; "a city subjected to sporadic bombing raids"
2.fitful - intermittently stopping and starting; "fitful (or interrupted) sleep"; "off-and-on static"
broken - not continuous in space, time, or sequence or varying abruptly; "broken lines of defense"; "a broken cable transmission"; "broken sleep"; "tear off the stub above the broken line"; "a broken note"; "broken sobs"

fitful

fitful

adjective
Happening or appearing now and then:
Translations

fitful

[ˈfɪtfʊl] ADJ [breeze, showers, gunfire] → intermitente; [breathing, progress] → irregular
she fell into a fitful sleepse durmió pero no descansó bien
I passed a fitful nightdormí muy mal

fitful

[ˈfɪtfʊl] adj
[progress] → intermittent(e)
[sleep] → agité(e)

fitful

adjunbeständig; working, progressstoßweise; sleepunruhig; sunlaunenhaft (geh); enthusiasmsporadisch

fitful

[ˈfɪtfʊl] adjsaltuario/a; (breeze, showers) → intermittente; (wind) → a raffiche; (sleep) → agitato/a
References in classic literature ?
The alarmed colonists believed that the yells of the savages mingled with every fitful gust of wind that issued from the interminable forests of the west.
A blush, too,--the redder, because she strove hard to keep it down,--ascended bigger and higher, in a tide of fitful progress, until even her brow was all suffused with it.
These outbreaks of a fierce temper had a kind of value, and even comfort for the mother; because there was at least an intelligible earnestness in the mood, instead of the fitful caprice that so often thwarted her in the child's manifestations.
By fitful glimpses of the drifting tale, caught here and there and now and then, I merely noted in a vague way that each of these three knights took one of these three damsels up behind him on his horse, and one rode north, another east, the other south, to seek adventures, and meet again and lie, after year and day.
It wailed through the swaying branches of the trees, and swept our decks in fitful gusts.
Yes--'after life's fitful fever they sleep well,'" I muttered.
In his recovered energy he was sometimes a little fitful and sudden, as he had at first been in the exercise of his other recovered faculties; but, this had never been frequently observable, and had grown more and more rare.
And that amazes me most in you, Steerforth- that you should be contented with such fitful uses of your powers.
Still, we went at an impatient fitful speed, and as we went, she twitched the hand upon my shoulder, and worked her mouth, and led me to believe that we were going fast because her thoughts went fast.
It is not such a bad place to shelter in if we get caught in the rain, as I expect we shall before we get back," said Agatha, feeling the fitful breeze strike ominously on her cheek.
I had the full command of my senses; and my eyes became used to the darkness, which was lit, here and there, by fitful gleams.
The enclosure, with all its provisions and ammunition, burnt noisily, with sudden gusts of flame, a fitful crackling, and now and then a crash.