fitfully


adjective

  1. coming, appearing, acting, etc., in fits or by spells; recurring irregularly.

adjective

  1. characterized by or occurring in irregular spellsfitful sleep
adj.

used once by Shakespeare (“Macbeth,” 1605) in sense of “characterized by fits,” then revived by Scott (1810) with a sense of “shifting, changing.” From fit (n.2) + -ful. Related: Fitfully; fitfulness.

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