Definition of streaky in English:

streaky

adjective

  • 1Having streaks of different colours or textures.

    ‘streaky blond hair’
    • ‘Women travellers should also avoid ill-fitting bikinis, armpit hair, white strap marks, streaky tans, cellulite, tattoos, body piercing and getting drunk.’
    • ‘I don't want to be white, and I have used fake tans before but they came out streaky.’
    • ‘It was brown and streaky with touches of yellow.’
    • ‘But the printer kept making streaky things on the paper, so I fruitlessly spent a half hour trying to fix that.’
    • ‘The extreme atmospheric changes from streaky red sunset over blue sky to foreboding blackness felt Biblical.’
    • ‘The face seemed more strongly marked - streaky.’
    • ‘To avoid streaky polish, paint nails in two thin coats, using just three strokes - right, left and middle.’
    • ‘In some places it is primeval and wet, where streaky barked eucalyptus strive upwards through dripping mists alive with frog croaks.’
    • ‘My brother Norton stumbled out, his hand slipping from that of a pretty girl with long, streaky blonde hair.’
    • ‘Sara had recently cut her streaky blonde hair in a new style, and wisps of it hung out when she pulled it back, like today.’
    • ‘The Lincoln's Sparrow is a small, streaky sparrow, similar in appearance to the Song Sparrow, but smaller and paler than the dark Song Sparrows seen in Washington.’
    • ‘Her streaky brown hair fell in soft waves against her face and on her shoulders.’
    • ‘Torrential rain makes the car streaky so a lot of people ask for an outside wash after a bad spell of weather.’
    • ‘Do you know, the subtle, streaky surface is far more appealing to me than the painting I'd removed?’
    • ‘The attacker is described as white, with an Irish accent, streaky hair, which is possibly grey, and face stubble.’
    • ‘After the season, the 21-year-old with the streaky blond hairdo kept the entertainment coming.’
    • ‘The nephrogram has a streaky and striated appearance reflecting stasis of contrast in the dilated collecting tubules which can be prolonged for days after the IVP.’
    • ‘When the leaves start to change color and the sunlight becomes streaky, signaling the long autumn this region enjoys, the Millers visit their retreat every weekend.’
    • ‘Surely, for £10 million, we could build the new police station with quality stone features instead of a boring square that will look a dirty, streaky eyesore within three years.’
    • ‘During the breeding season, females look similar to breeding-season males, but the black back is streaked with white, and the head is streaky gray.’
    striped, stripy, streaked, banded, barred
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  • 2North American informal Variable in quality; not predictable or reliable.

    ‘King has always been a famously streaky hitter’
    • ‘Some are just plain streaky and unpredictable.’
    • ‘Both Townsend and Logan are streaky kickers, while Hodge's attempts to replicate his Reivers form in a Scotland shirt have been worryingly fitful.’
    • ‘That makes Rice more of a streaky sixth man than a consistent spark.’
    • ‘Known as a streaky player throughout his career, Hidalgo is mechanically sound but starts his swing too late in the pitcher's windup and was unable to successfully adapt to a new batting approach this season.’
    • ‘I would call myself a streaky putter and I didn't putt well last year, apart from on two or three occasions.’
    • ‘‘I was very streaky in the semis, but fortunately I had an early lead on Carol, which took some of the pressure off,’ said Dorin-Ballard.’
    • ‘A streaky shooter, Peeler's defensive lapses and poor shot selection were major concerns last season for a team that could use his potential firepower off the bench.’
    • ‘Washington is streaky, but he has decent athleticism and the size to play defensive end.’
    • ‘I've done 28 and 42, so I believe I'm truly a streaky kicker anyway.’
    • ‘‘Lately my game has been very streaky,’ said Barrette.’
  • 3British informal Lucky.

    ‘Wise's rather streaky opening goal for Chelsea’
    • ‘Although the Australian then failed to connect cleanly, his streaky shot still managed to sneak in at the near post.’
    • ‘Pound for pound he is probably the longest hitter in golf, and when his streaky putter clicks, he is capable of overpowering any course or opponent.’
    • ‘Jonty's job was to keep the players on their toes; keep urging them to strive for perfection; to watch the next ball; to catch the next catch; to run-out the next streaky run-stealer.’
    • ‘I am very streaky, though; when I do get on a roll I hole just about everything from close range.’

Pronunciation

streaky

/ˈstriːki/