Definition of patchy:
erratic, the rights and wrongs of something, superficial, scattered, continue, same, light-touch, unsteady, sketchy, varying, uneven, mixed blessing, outstanding, pending, inconsistent, in patches, inconsistent, irregular, spotty, work both ways, mixed, at intervals, six of one, (and) half a dozen of the other, abortive, cut both ways, a double-edged/two-edged sword, in places, localized, variable, two-edged, locally.
- "Danger! and Other Stories", Arthur Conan Doyle.
A mile or two farther I saw the loom of the bark hut they lived in, on a patchy clearing in the scrub, and heard the voice of the selector's wife- I had seen her several times: she was a gaunt, haggard Bushwoman, and, I supposed, the reason why she hadn't gone mad through hardship and loneliness was that she hadn't either the brains or the memory to go farther than she could see through the trunks of the 'apple- trees'.- "Joe Wilson and His Mates", Henry Lawson.
- "A Text-Book of the History of Painting", John C. Van Dyke.