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English definition of “patchy”

patchy

adjective
 
 
/ˈpætʃi/
NOT COMPLETE not complete or not good in every way: a patchy knowledge of SpanishIncomplete
IN SOME AREAS existing only in some areas: patchy clouds/fog Rough, irregular and uneven
(Definition of patchy from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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