- The definition of fitful is a someone or something with a spasm, a sudden display of a strong emotion or restlessness.
- An example of fitful is a toddler's temper tantrum; a fitful tantrum.
- An example of fitful is tossing and turning when trying to sleep; fitful sleep.
A fitful child.
characterized by irregular or intermittent activity, impulses, etc.; spasmodic; restless
Origin of fitfulfit + -ful
Occurring in or characterized by intermittent bursts, as of activity; irregular: “My sleep, when it came, was fitful” (Kelly Braffet).
(comparative more fitful, superlative most fitful)