AskDefine | Define patchy

Dictionary Definition

patchy adj : irregular or uneven in quality, texture, etc.; "a patchy essay"; "patchy fog" [also: patchiest, patchier]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. Full of, or covered with, patches; abounding in patches.
  2. Not constant or continuous; intermittent or uneven.
    patchy clouds


Full of, or covered with, patches
Not constant or continuous

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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