Definition of “fitful” - English Dictionary

“fitful” in British English

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fitfuladjective

uk /ˈfɪt.fəl/ us /ˈfɪt.fəl/

often stopping and starting and not happening in a regular or continuous way:

fitful breathing
a fitful sleep
fitfully
adverb uk /ˈfɪt.fəl.i/ us /ˈfɪt.fəl.i/

She slept fitfully (= only for short, irregular periods) throughout the night and arose before dawn.

(Definition of “fitful” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“fitful” in American English

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fitfuladjective

us /ˈfɪt·fəl/

going off and on irregularly:

Her breathing is fitful.

(Definition of “fitful” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)