2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Fitful \Fit"ful\, adjective [From 7th {Fit}.] Full of fits; irregularly variable; impulsive and unstable.

After life's fitful fever, he sleeps well. --Shak. -- {Fit"ful*ly}, adverb -- {Fit"ful*ness}, noun

The victorious trumpet peal Dies fitfully away. --Macaulay. Fithel

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: occurring in spells and often abruptly; "fitful bursts of energy"; "spasmodic rifle fire" [syn: {fitful}, {spasmodic}]

2: intermittently stopping and starting; "fitful (or interrupted) sleep"; "off-and-on static" [syn: {fitful}, {interrupted}, {off-and-on(a)}]

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