Definition of fitful adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

fitful

 adjective
adjective
BrE BrE//ˈfɪtfl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɪtfl//
 
 
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happening only for short periods; not continuous or regular a fitful night’s sleep a fitful burst of energyExtra examples He awoke from a shallow, fitful sleep. The moon came out from behind the fitful clouds. The wind was fitful but very strong. They had to find their way by the fitful light of the moon. They spent a fitful night in the cellar.
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