Definition of “patchy” - English Dictionary

“patchy” in British English

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patchyadjective

uk /ˈpætʃ.i/ us /ˈpætʃ.i/

only existing or happening in some parts:

The varnish is a little patchy on this table.
The morning will start with some patchy rain/cloud/fog at first.

sometimes good and sometimes bad:

Matthew found the service extremely patchy.
patchily
adverb uk /ˈpætʃ.əl.i/ us /ˈpætʃ.əl.i/
patchiness
noun [ U ] uk /ˈpætʃ.i.nəs/ us /ˈpætʃ.i.nəs/

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

“patchy” in American English

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patchyadjective

us /ˈpætʃ·i/

happening or existing in small areas:

patchy rain/fog

If information is patchy, only small parts of it are known:

My knowledge of physics is pretty patchy.

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