Definition of sporadic in English:



  • Occurring at irregular intervals or only in a few places; scattered or isolated.

    ‘sporadic fighting broke out’
    • ‘Told through sporadic flashbacks, we initially side with Matthew and his enduring passion for Lisa, but as the film progresses, the audience is more inclined to sympathize with the vilified Alex.’
    • ‘The second track is even more severe, beginning with soft and sporadic shards of computer noise, at a level too low to be heard without turning the volume way up.’
    • ‘However, media coverage was sporadic at best, in large measure because West Coast critics and arts editors tended to cover contemporary works.’
    • ‘On the way to Vegas, we get a fair amount of lame character development, unconvincing drama, and sporadic comedy that's low on the laugh meter.’
    • ‘She occasionally breaks out a trumpet for some sporadic, appropriate bursts.’
    • ‘Later, our contact became more sporadic but we still had occasion to work together every once in a while.’
    • ‘This neighborhood is plagued by constant deterioration because of absentee landlords, lack of income to repair homes, few employment opportunities, crime, sporadic city services, and so on.’
    • ‘The situation is easing, although sporadic fresh outbreaks are still occurring.’
    • ‘It is unfortunate that this movie could not have been produced entirely in Spanish, with asides in English for the sporadic encounters where they are warranted.’
    • ‘‘Contamination appears not to be sporadic, but rather pervasive across the seed supplies for these crops,’ Mellon said.’
    • ‘The mood is buoyant, the banter is sporadic and the outcome is patchy, if not mostly enjoyable.’
    • ‘Capt. Conroy said his forces took sporadic fire for four more days, until Tuesday, April 15, when they withdrew to refuel.’
    • ‘While the author treats agency in a more sustained way than colonialism throughout all sections of the book, the attempt to align his overall analysis with traditional feminist concerns is sporadic.’
    • ‘When Haleem returns from the Navy at age twenty-one in 1959, his life consists of sporadic interactions with the family and attending college courses with little interest.’
    • ‘Until then, her art had been experimental, uneven, sporadic.’
    • ‘Dunstan had a reputation for sporadic disappearances.’
    • ‘In any case, the few flaws in the video are minimal and sporadic, and unlikely to detract from your enjoyment of this otherwise excellent package.’
    • ‘It all adds up to a very uneven, sporadic film experience.’
    • ‘With more hectic lifestyles, meal times are more sporadic and less formal, and consumers have developed the habit of grazing or snacking on foods throughout the day.’
    • ‘These warlords continue to exercise their authority by means of force and firepower, and often engage in sporadic armed conflict against one another.’
    occasional, infrequent, irregular, periodical, periodic, scattered, patchy, isolated, odd, uneven
    intermittent, spasmodic, on and off, random, fitful, desultory, erratic, unpredictable
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Late 17th century: via medieval Latin from Greek sporadikos, from sporas, sporad- scattered; related to speirein to sow.