1. occurring in spells and often abruptly;
- Example: "fitful bursts of energy"
- Example: "spasmodic rifle fire"
[syn: fitful, spasmodic]
2. intermittently stopping and starting;
- Example: "fitful (or interrupted) sleep"
- Example: "off-and-on static"
[syn: fitful, interrupted, off-and-on(a)]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Fitful \Fit"ful\, a. [From 7th Fit.] Full of fits; irregularly variable; impulsive and unstable. [1913 Webster] After life's fitful fever, he sleeps well. --Shak. -- Fit"ful*ly, adv. -- Fit"ful*ness, n. [1913 Webster] The victorious trumpet peal Dies fitfully away. --Macaulay. FithelMoby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
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