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fitful

adjective uk   /ˈfɪt.fəl/ us  
often stopping and starting and not happening in a regular or continuous way: fitful breathing a fitful sleep
fitfully
adverb uk   /-i/ us  
She slept fitfully (= only for short, irregular periods) throughout the night and arose before dawn.
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