Definition of patchy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpaCHē/

adjective (patchier, patchiest)

1Existing or happening in small, isolated areas: patchy fog
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  • Mozambique's drought is patchy, with some areas enjoying good rainfall or able to use old Portuguese colonial-era irrigation schemes to boost production.
  • Graziers tell stories of good years when the grass is up to their waists, but at the moment, only patchy areas have enough rain to put a nice bit of grass on the ground.
  • The over sowing of old patchy lawn areas can also be tackled at this time.
uneven, varying, variable, intermittent, fitful, sporadic, erratic, irregular, haphazard, hit-and-miss;
1.1Not of the same quality throughout; inconsistent: your coursework was patchy my knowledge of Egyptology is patchy
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  • Evidence based on research within Ukraine is patchy and its quality varies between regions (oblasts).
  • The authors are the first to admit that much of the information is patchy and of variable quality, reflecting the often parlous state of official data.
  • However, the illustrations are a bit patchy, varying in quality and style.
fragmentary, inadequate, insufficient, rudimentary, limited, sketchy



Pronunciation: /ˈpaCHilē/
Example sentences
  • By the end of this patchily engrossing and occasionally dense overview, Gould has managed to encapsulate the intrinsic worth of each domain.
  • Ralph ducked, screwing his eyes shut and concentrating on invisibility, but he opened one eye to check on the situation, and as a result became patchily visible as an irregular pattern of scarlet in the green leaves.
  • None the less the Act has impacted on police practices, albeit unevenly and patchily.


Pronunciation: /ˈpaCHēnəs/
Example sentences
  • A diel study of the population in October indicated that the patchiness of population also changed dramatically between day and night.
  • Given the patchiness of the current cabinet's performance, many are putting their hope in a new, more capable batch of ministers, at the latest after the August MPR session.
  • It claimed it needed it, but I question how much need was involved, given that on the occasions I managed to coax printing out there were no signs of fading or patchiness.

Words that rhyme with patchy

Apache, catchy, scratchy, snatchy

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Syllabification: patch·y

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