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From fit + -ful.
Her sleep was fitful, and he walked to the bed, standing beside it in the dark.
When the guns began, their fire was fitful, uncertain, blind, and they were too late.
The climate is mild in summer, fitful in autumn and spring, and very cold in winter, as even the plains are high and shut in on three sides by mountains snow-clad during several months.
Some fitful efforts made in later years to change the system proved unsuccessful.
In the middle ages it had frequent struggles with Perugia, and its obedience to the church until the 16th century was somewhat fitful.
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