Definition of fitfully in US English:

fitfully

adverb

  • Not regularly or continuously; intermittently.

    ‘he slept fitfully’
    • ‘The engine didn't so much pull as tug fitfully at the wheels.’
    • ‘I had thought earlier that I might be able to get to sleep, but after 2 hours of trying fitfully, I am giving in.’
    • ‘But they remain startlingly original, if only fitfully funny.’
    • ‘I had also been sleeping fitfully and dreaming about the race all night.’
    • ‘He is blessed as an autobiographer with an outstandingly strange and only fitfully happy childhood.’
    intermittently, sporadically, spasmodically, irregularly, patchily, discontinuously, erratically, by fits and starts, in fits and starts, in snatches
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Pronunciation

fitfully

/ˈfitfəlē//ˈfɪtfəli/