Word of the Day: fitful

Word of the Day: fitful

1. occurring in spells and often abruptly

2. intermittently stopping and starting


The word fitful has appeared in 25 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on June 25 in “Air-Conditioning Was Once Taboo in Seattle. Not Anymore.” by Mike Baker:

Even with the surge in new air-conditioners, the Seattle metro in 2019 still had the lowest rate among metros tracked in the American Housing Survey, ahead of San Francisco, where 47 percent reported having units. In Portland, 79 percent had air-conditioning. Other large cities where 90-degree temperatures are more common, such as Houston, had air-conditioning in more than 99 percent of households.

… Mr. Bond, who has lived in Seattle since 1980, recalled that during the 2009 heat wave, he went to bed with the indoor temperature above 90 degrees and woke up after a miserable night of fitful sleep to find the indoor temperatures still in the mid- to upper 80s.

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