Usage examples for fitful

  1. But it was rather a silent, subdued party that gathered about the table; the conversation was fitful and broken by long pauses, and the jokes were rather forced and feeble; while Molly's red eyes and Florence's white cheeks showed that something was wrong. – Half a Dozen Girls by Anna Chapin Ray
  2. Until with the chill before the dawn she fell at last into a fitful sleep; and Mary, creeping to the close- curtained windows to cool her weary eyes, peeped out and saw the grey of the morning. – Chippinge Borough by Stanley J. Weyman
  3. It was only in fitful anger- half sport, half serious. – After the Storm by T. S. Arthur
  4. During the earlier years therefore of William V's stadholderate he consulted Brunswick in every matter, and was thus encouraged to distrust his own judgment and to be fitful and desultory in his attention to affairs of State. – History of Holland by George Edmundson
  5. " The sleep of Death" is a very natural expression to use as one looks on the calm, peaceful face after life's fitful fever and the long pain and sickness of the death- bed. – The Gospel of the Hereafter by J. Paterson-Smyth
  6. Her fitful whining brought Lem from his hiding place. – From the Valley of the Missing by Grace Miller White
  7. Supporting her- for the ship, reaching the open sea, had begun to roll more wildly- he led her back into the little room now lighted by the fitful rays of a swinging lamp. – The Light of Scarthey by Egerton Castle
  8. The meal was lighted only by the dancing flames from the hearth, and their faces glowed in the fitful light. – The Eye of Dread by Payne Erskine
  9. And unless a man keep his head cool, and his faculties undissipated, he need not expect that his efforts can ever be other than half efforts, or other than of a desultory, fitful non- productive kind. – Leading Articles on Various Subjects by Hugh Miller
  10. Not even its former fitful glow proclaimed his presence upon the porch, whose black shadows completely enveloped him. – The Mad King by Edgar Rice Burroughs
  11. The dull sky soon began to tell its meaning by sending down herald- drops of rain, and the stagnant air of the day changed into a fitful breeze which played about their faces. – Tess of the d'Urbervilles A Pure Woman by Thomas Hardy
  12. At times, too, she was fitful and was not to be drawn out. – The Translation of a Savage, Complete by Gilbert Parker Last Updated: March 12, 2009
  13. There came a fitful breeze, with a little hum to it. – Dan Merrithew by Lawrence Perry
  14. Their crashing into the wall was almost meaningless, and I barely noted either the dense smoke or the fitful flashes of flame as the little garrison returned shot for shot. – My Lady of the North by Randall Parrish
  15. David watched her as she moved about the dark cabin, lighted only by the fitful flames of the fireplace, to perform those gracious, homely tasks, and would have helped her, but he could not. – The Mountain Girl by Payne Erskine
  16. His efforts are bound to be fitful and his work uneven in quality. – Nature Cure by Henry Lindlahr
  17. They sat with their backs toward the long, low shed, and, because the fire had sunk, the light was dim and fitful – The League of the Leopard by Harold Bindloss
  18. A single lantern cast a fitful glare over the two, around whom crowded the passengers and train hands. – McAllister and His Double by Arthur Train
  19. In a few minutes he is on his way to Dean Street again, and whispering by the fitful firelight in the ear of the clinging sweetheart. – The Virginians by William Makepeace Thackeray
  20. I hope he slept better than I did, for my own night was a series of fitful restless tossings. – The Diary of Philip Westerly by Paul Compton