Definitions

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  • adv. In a fitful manner; irregularly or unsteadily.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • By fits; at intervals.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. in a fitful manner

Etymologies

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fitful +‎ -ly

Examples

  • The father, sleeping fitfully, is talking to himself.

    Kenzaburo Oe: Laughing Prophet and Soulful Healer

  • I slept fitfully, although fitfully is perhaps not the right word.

    Greetings from Airworld!

  • Now and again fitfully slept, but the pain of the cold always aroused me.

    Chapter 36

  • The outside air was full of sweet, wholesome springtime sounds that drifted in fitfully.

    Further Chronicles of Avonlea

  • Only the fire of dry branches lit outside the stockade of the Rajah's compound called fitfully into view the ragged trunks of the surrounding trees, putting a stain of glowing red half-way across the river where the drifting logs were hurrying towards the sea through the impenetrable gloom.

    Almayer's Folly: a story of an Eastern river

  • Rajah’s compound called fitfully into view the ragged trunks of the surrounding trees, putting a stain of glowing red half-way across the river where the drifting logs were hurrying towards the sea through the impenetrable gloom.

    Almayer's Folly

  • So early on a Sunday morning the neighborhood has a hushed, abandoned feel to it, which contrasts sharply with the joyful noise that spills fitfully out of Bethel as its doors open and close for entering worshippers.

    American Grace

  • The states, ever reluctant to burden their citizens with taxes and conscription, only fitfully provided money, men, and supplies for the Continental Army; and soldiers, suffering from repeated neglect, deserted or mutinied, especially after France entered the war and Americans, anticipating victory, became preoccupied with local and private affairs.

    Between War and Peace

  • The numbers of buyers and sellers remain fitfully small.

    Meet My Departed Grandma, Fledgling Facebook Investor

  • The narrator fitfully assumes the voices of other characters and suddenly pops up – confusingly – in violent scenes.

    I Am a Chechen! by German Sadulaev, translated by Anna Gunin – review

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