Definition of fitful in English:



  • Active or occurring spasmodically or intermittently; not regular or steady.

    ‘a few hours' fitful sleep’
    ‘business was fitful’
    • ‘Shortly after we finished, we turned in for what proved to be a long night of fitful sleep.’
    • ‘So a fitful night's sleep leads me to another gray, chilly and rainy day.’
    • ‘I snatched six hours of restless, fitful sleep before having to get back into the office.’
    • ‘It took the edge off the pain, relaxed me and enabled me to get some fitful sleep.’
    • ‘Kara had a fitful night sleep before waking up early.’
    • ‘Waking from a fitful and fevered sleep to the sounds of hip hop blasting through the house is not the kind of experience I wanted this morning.’
    • ‘I then had to leave to see to my children but was back at the hospital by 9.00 am after a fitful night's sleep.’
    • ‘She mumbled something and shut her eyes, falling into a fitful sleep.’
    • ‘Last night was particularly disturbing because I had fitful dreams on the edge of consciousness.’
    • ‘He fell into a fitful, worried sleep, and woke up about three hours later.’
    • ‘His sleep was fitful and intermittent, and he soon rose from bed to go and see his son.’
    • ‘She kissed him on his forehead as he slipped back into sleep, taken by fitful dreams of howling in the forest.’
    • ‘I spent most of the night trying not to be sick and catching a few fitful hours of sleep, but I was much better by the next day.’
    • ‘Her sleep is fitful and she often stays in bed until midday, too weak to move or because the pain is too severe.’
    • ‘I woke up on Tuesday morning after a few hours fitful sleep and went back to the hospital.’
    • ‘Don wrapped his protective arms around her and didn't leave her until he had rocked her to a fitful sleep two hours later.’
    • ‘She did not practice at all, and immediately drifted into a restless and fitful sleep, though she did not know why.’
    • ‘Sleep was very fitful last night, as every time I moved I was woken by the pain.’
    • ‘The sun rose in the late evening usually just when Eva was beginning to fall into fitful sleep with restless dreams.’
    • ‘I fell into a fitful, restless sleep, one that was preoccupied with thoughts of him.’
    intermittent, sporadic, spasmodic, broken, disturbed, disrupted, patchy, irregular
    variable, uneven, unsettled, disconnected, unsteady, on and off, off and on
    restless, sleepless, wakeful, insomniac, tossing and turning
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