Origin of fitfulfit + -ful
A fitful child.
- 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.
The definition of fitful is a someone or something with a spasm, a sudden display of a strong emotion or restlessness.
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)
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.
- Some fitful efforts made in later years to change the system proved unsuccessful.
- 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.
- The history of the other Tuscan towns was equally tumultuous, all of them save Lucca, after many fitful changes finally passing under the sway of Florence, or the grand-duchy of Tuscany, as the state was now called.