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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fit-fuh l]
    • /ˈfɪt fəl/
    • /ˈfɪt.fəl/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fit-fuh l]
    • /ˈfɪt fəl/

Definitions of fitful word

  • adjective fitful coming, appearing, acting, etc., in fits or by spells; recurring irregularly. 1
  • noun fitful Active or occurring spasmodically or intermittently; not regular or steady. 1
  • adjective fitful erratic, sporadic 1
  • adjective fitful Something that is fitful happens for irregular periods of time or occurs at irregular times, rather than being continuous. 0
  • adjective fitful characterized by or occurring in irregular spells 0
  • adjective fitful characterized by irregular or intermittent activity, impulses, etc.; spasmodic; restless 0

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Origin of fitful

First appearance:

before 1595
One of the 38% oldest English words
First recorded in 1595-1605; fit2 + -ful

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Parts of speech for Fitful


fitful popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 79% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for fitful

adj fitful

  • periodic — of or derived from a periodic acid.
  • spotty — full of, having, or occurring in spots: spotty coloring.
  • desultory — Something that is desultory is done in an unplanned and disorganized way, and without enthusiasm.
  • intermittent — stopping or ceasing for a time; alternately ceasing and beginning again: an intermittent pain.
  • broken — Broken is the past participle of break.

adjective fitful

  • sporadic — (of similar things or occurrences) appearing or happening at irregular intervals in time; occasional: sporadic renewals of enthusiasm.
  • irregular — without symmetry, even shape, formal arrangement, etc.: an irregular pattern.
  • erratic — Not even or regular in pattern or movement; unpredictable.

Antonyms for fitful

adj fitful

  • continual — A continual process or situation happens or exists without stopping.
  • continuous — A continuous process or event continues for a period of time without stopping.
  • unvarying — to change or alter, as in form, appearance, character, or substance: to vary one's methods.
  • constant — You use constant to describe something that happens all the time or is always there.
  • regular — usual; normal; customary: to put something in its regular place.

adjective fitful

  • peaceful — characterized by peace; free from war, strife, commotion, violence, or disorder: a peaceful reign; a peaceful demonstration.
  • even — Flat and smooth.

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