Definition of sketchy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈskɛtʃi/

adjective (sketchier, sketchiest)

1Not thorough or detailed: the information they had was sketchy
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  • The story is sketchy and vague about where the funds went.
  • Unfortunately, the information available on this issue has been extremely vague and sketchy.
  • The person who has sat next to me every day for the last 18 months is just a jumble of sketchy features and vague associations.
superficial, cursory, perfunctory, slight, scanty, skimpy, meagre, insufficient;
vague, imprecise, fuzzy;
hurried, hasty, provisional
informal on the back of an envelope
1.1(Of a picture) resembling a sketch; consisting of outline without much detail: a sketchy pencil drawing by Toulouse-Lautrec
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  • The second page was a sketchy outline of a woman, but you couldn't really see anything.
  • Tara looked at her sketchy outline repeatedly until the whole page became a huge blur to her.
2North American informal Dishonest or disreputable: once the story does come out, the fact that you tried to hide it will seem sketchy a sketchy neighbourhood
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  • There were far fewer sketchy characters on the streets and it was a calmer and more conservative city.
  • Those guys were sketchy, I always thought they were.
  • My roommate went to the basement to do her laundry late one night and came back with news that there was a sketchy character in the basement.



Pronunciation: /ˈskɛtʃɪli/
Example sentences
  • The report just over a year ago by Ofsted on teaching in primary schools concluded gloomily that, in history, some topics were covered so sketchily that pupils were left with little idea of context, significance or chronology.
  • It's impossible to develop a convincing love affair when one half of the couple is so sketchily drawn.
  • The links between Aboriginal cultures and the Church had been sketchily explored in earlier plays.
perfunctorily, cursorily, superficially, scantily, skimpily;
vaguely, imprecisely, roughly, crudely;
hastily, hurriedly, in a hurry


Pronunciation: /ˈskɛtʃɪnəs/
Example sentences
  • But one definite disadvantage is that in covering such a broad subject in only 500 pages, he has insufficient space to develop on any particular film or theme, thus running the risk of sketchiness or simplification.
  • In addition, character development is poor; only Kuki occasionally emerges from the shallow sketchiness that defines every other personality who meanders through this film.
  • Analysts in the break room grumbled about the sketchiness of some of the presentations.

Words that rhyme with sketchy

stretchy, tetchy

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