Definition of fitful in English:



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

    ‘a few hours' fitful sleep’
    ‘business was fitful’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Don wrapped his protective arms around her and didn't leave her until he had rocked her to a fitful sleep two hours later.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His sleep was fitful and intermittent, and he soon rose from bed to go and see his son.’
    • ‘The sun rose in the late evening usually just when Eva was beginning to fall into fitful sleep with restless dreams.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Kara had a fitful night sleep before waking up early.’
    • ‘She did not practice at all, and immediately drifted into a restless and fitful sleep, though she did not know why.’
    • ‘I fell into a fitful, restless sleep, one that was preoccupied with thoughts of him.’
    • ‘It took the edge off the pain, relaxed me and enabled me to get some fitful sleep.’
    • ‘He fell into a fitful, worried sleep, and woke up about three hours later.’
    • ‘Her sleep is fitful and she often stays in bed until midday, too weak to move or because the pain is too severe.’
    • ‘Last night was particularly disturbing because I had fitful dreams on the edge of consciousness.’
    • ‘So a fitful night's sleep leads me to another gray, chilly and rainy day.’
    • ‘She kissed him on his forehead as he slipped back into sleep, taken by fitful dreams of howling in the forest.’
    • ‘Shortly after we finished, we turned in for what proved to be a long night of fitful sleep.’
    • ‘She mumbled something and shut her eyes, falling into a fitful sleep.’
    • ‘Sleep was very fitful last night, as every time I moved I was woken by the pain.’
    • ‘I woke up on Tuesday morning after a few hours fitful sleep and went back to the hospital.’
    • ‘I snatched six hours of restless, fitful sleep before having to get back into the office.’
    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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