Definition of fitful in US English:

fitful

adjective

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

fitful

/ˈfitfəl//ˈfɪtfəl/