patchy


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patch·y

 (păch′ē)
adj. patch·i·er, patch·i·est
1. Made up of or marked by patches: patchy trousers.
2. Uneven in quality or performance: Their work is patchy at best.

patch′i·ly adv.
patch′i·ness n.

patchy

(ˈpætʃɪ)
adj, patchier or patchiest
1. irregular in quality, occurrence, intensity, etc: a patchy essay.
2. having or forming patches
ˈpatchily adv
ˈpatchiness n

patch•y

(ˈpætʃ i)

adj. patch•i•er, patch•i•est.
1. occurring in, forming, or made up of patches.
2. irregular in quality, texture, or distribution: patchy fog.
[1790–1800]
patch′i•ly, adv.
patch′i•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.patchy - irregular or uneven in quality, texture, etc.; "a patchy essay"; "patchy fog"
uneven - not even or uniform as e.g. in shape or texture; "an uneven color"; "uneven ground"; "uneven margins"; "wood with an uneven grain"

patchy

adjective
1. uneven, irregular, variegated, spotty, mottled, dappled Bottle tans can make your legs look a patchy orange colour.
uneven even, regular, unbroken
2. irregular, varying, variable, random, erratic, uneven, sketchy, fitful, bitty, inconstant The response to the strike call has been patchy.
irregular constant, unbroken, unvarying

patchy

adjective
Lacking consistency or regularity in quality or performance:
Translations
مُرَقَّع، غَيْر مُتَجانِس، مُخْتَلِف
nejednotnýrůznorodý
uregelmæssig
szedett-vedett
misjafn
nejednotný

patchy

[ˈpætʃɪ] ADJ (patchier (compar) (patchiest (superl))) [performance] → desigual, poco uniforme; [knowledge] → incompleto; [clouds] → disperso; [fog] → discontinuo

patchy

[ˈpætʃi] adj
[colour] → inégal(e)
patchy fog → des nappes fpl de brouillard
(= incomplete) [information] → fragmentaire; [knowledge] → imparfait(e); [education, results] → plein(e) de lacunes
(= not consistently good) [performance] → inégal(e)

patchy

adj (+er)
workungleichmäßig, unterschiedlich; knowledge, memory, evidencelückenhaft; what was the performance like? — patchywie war die Aufführung? — gemischt; his second novel however was much patchiersein zweiter Roman war wesentlicher unausgeglichener; this is the patchiest production I’ve seen them do for a long timeeine derart ungleichmäßige Inszenierung habe ich von ihnen lange nicht mehr gesehen; what’s his work like? — patchywie ist seine Arbeit? — unterschiedlich
(lit) materialgefleckt; beard, grasslicht; patchy fog on the coastan der Küste stellenweise Nebel; the patchy appearance of the half rebuilt cityder Eindruck von Flickwerk, den die zur Hälfte neu aufgebaute Stadt vermittelt

patchy

[ˈpætʃɪ] adj (-ier (comp) (-iest (superl))) (performance) → pieno/a di alti e bassi; (knowledge) → incompleto/a; (fog) → a banchi; (colour) → irregolare

patch

(pӕtʃ) noun
1. a piece of material sewn on to cover a hole. She sewed a patch on the knee of her jeans.
2. a small piece of ground. a vegetable patch.
verb
to mend (clothes etc) by sewing on pieces of material. She patched the (hole in the) child's trousers.
ˈpatchy adjective
not all the same; varying in quality. patchy work.
ˈpatchiness noun
ˈpatchwork noun
cloth made by sewing small pieces of material together. a skirt made of patchwork; (also adjective) a patchwork quilt.
patch up
1. to mend, especially quickly and temporarily. He patched up the roof with bits of wood.
2. to settle (a quarrel). They soon patched up their disagreement.
References in classic literature ?
She grew pale--a patchy pallor, which meant that her nerves were out of order.
These black beams were set crooked or crisscross at all kinds of angles, giving the whole a most patchy and puzzling appearance.
Any stranger peeping into the office at that moment might have wondered what was the drama between the indignant man of business, and the fine-looking young fellow whose blond complexion was getting rather patchy as he bit his lip with mortification.
However, be aware that you'll have to keep recoating your drive every year because the seal will wear off making the tarmac appear patchy.
Despite the scorching heat soaring highs of 28C on Friday, Wales and the southern part of England will see patchy rain moving across the country.
The overall summary of the day is bright spells, although patchy rain will be moving across from the north.
From streaky lines to patchy knees, we've all experienced a self-tanning disaster - just like Ross in that infamous Friends episode.
Over the next five or six days it will be more settled but with patchy drizzle, overnight patchy fog and even some patches in the morning.
Scientists also say the life was patchy, which they expected and called a basic rule of ecology.
After showers were set to hit Greater Manchester overnight, a 'patchy frost' is expected from early this morning.
The weather in Edinburgh should improve further into the evening as the new year approaches, due to a band of patchy rain moving southwards.
"By their own admission, Harlequins have been a bit patchy on form," he said.