Definition of streaky in English:



  • 1Having streaks of different colours or textures.

    ‘streaky blond 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 attacker is described as white, with an Irish accent, streaky hair, which is possibly grey, and face stubble.’
    • ‘To avoid streaky polish, paint nails in two thin coats, using just three strokes - right, left and middle.’
    • ‘The face seemed more strongly marked - streaky.’
    • ‘Torrential rain makes the car streaky so a lot of people ask for an outside wash after a bad spell of weather.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘My brother Norton stumbled out, his hand slipping from that of a pretty girl with long, streaky blonde hair.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But the printer kept making streaky things on the paper, so I fruitlessly spent a half hour trying to fix that.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In some places it is primeval and wet, where streaky barked eucalyptus strive upwards through dripping mists alive with frog croaks.’
    • ‘After the season, the 21-year-old with the streaky blond hairdo kept the entertainment coming.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Do you know, the subtle, streaky surface is far more appealing to me than the painting I'd removed?’
    • ‘Women travellers should also avoid ill-fitting bikinis, armpit hair, white strap marks, streaky tans, cellulite, tattoos, body piercing and getting drunk.’
    • ‘It was brown and streaky with touches of yellow.’
    • ‘The extreme atmospheric changes from streaky red sunset over blue sky to foreboding blackness felt Biblical.’
    • ‘I don't want to be white, and I have used fake tans before but they came out streaky.’
    • ‘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.’
    striped, stripy, streaked, banded, barred
    brindle, brindled
    striate, striated
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  • 2North American informal Variable in quality; not predictable or reliable.

    ‘King has always been a famously streaky hitter’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘That makes Rice more of a streaky sixth man than a consistent spark.’
    • ‘Washington is streaky, but he has decent athleticism and the size to play defensive end.’
    • ‘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've done 28 and 42, so I believe I'm truly a streaky kicker anyway.’
    • ‘Both Townsend and Logan are streaky kickers, while Hodge's attempts to replicate his Reivers form in a Scotland shirt have been worryingly fitful.’
    • ‘‘Lately my game has been very streaky,’ said Barrette.’
    • ‘I would call myself a streaky putter and I didn't putt well last year, apart from on two or three occasions.’
    • ‘Some are just plain streaky and unpredictable.’
  • 3British informal Lucky.

    ‘Wise's rather streaky opening goal for Chelsea’
    • ‘I am very streaky, though; when I do get on a roll I hole just about everything from close range.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Although the Australian then failed to connect cleanly, his streaky shot still managed to sneak in at the near post.’
    • ‘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.’