In a fitful manner; irregularly or unsteadily.

He slept fitfully, plagued by bad dreams and a persistent cough.

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  • Fitfully — Fitful Fit ful, a. [From 7th {Fit}.] Full of fits; irregularly variable; impulsive and unstable. [1913 Webster] After life s fitful fever, he sleeps well. Shak. {Fit ful*ly}, adv. {Fit ful*ness}, n. [1913 Webster] The victorious trumpet peal Dies …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fitfully — adv. Fitfully is used with these verbs: ↑doze, ↑sleep …   Collocations dictionary

  • fitfully — fitful ► ADJECTIVE ▪ active or occurring intermittently; not regular or steady. DERIVATIVES fitfully adverb fitfulness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • fitfully — adverb in a fitful manner he slept fitfully • Derived from adjective: ↑fitful …   Useful english dictionary

  • fitfully — adverb see fitful …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • fitfully — See fitful. * * * …   Universalium

  • fitfully — Synonyms and related words: at haphazard, at intervals, at irregular intervals, at random, brokenly, by catches, by chance, by fits, by jerks, by skips, by snatches, capriciously, carelessly, desultorily, disconnectedly, discontinuously,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • fitfully — (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. intermittently, erratically, restlessly, off and on; see irregularly …   English dictionary for students

  • fitfully — adv. irregularly; intermittently; sporadically …   English contemporary dictionary

  • fitfully — ad. 1. Irregularly, capriciously, in a fitful manner. 2. At intervals, by fits, by starts, by turns, intermittently, flickeringly …   New dictionary of synonyms

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