uneven

Uneven is the opposite of uniform and predictable. If the road is uneven, it's bumpy and rough, and you’ll have to dodge the potholes.

If your performance as Hamlet is uneven, your "To be or not to be" might be brilliant, but you mumble through "Get thee to a nunnery!" If the economic recovery is uneven, it's not the same in every sector — maybe manufacturing and exports are picking up steam but the housing market is still lagging. If your soccer team of skinny 12-year-olds is up against a team of beefy 16-year-old giants, it's an uneven match and likely to be ugly.

Primary Meanings of uneven

1.
adj
(of a contest or contestants) not fairly matched as opponents
2.
adj
lacking consistency
3.
adj
not divisible by two
Full Definitions of uneven
1

adj (of a contest or contestants) not fairly matched as opponents

“vaudeville...waged an uneven battle against the church”
Synonyms:
mismatched
unequal
poorly balanced or matched in quantity or value or measure
2

adj lacking consistency

Synonyms:
scratchy, spotty
inconsistent
displaying a lack of consistency

adj not even or uniform as e.g. in shape or texture

“an uneven color”
uneven ground”
uneven margins”
“wood with an uneven grain”
Synonyms:
crinkled, crinkly, rippled, wavelike, wavy
uneven by virtue of having wrinkles or waves
cross-grained, curly-grained, wavy-grained
of timber; having fibers running irregularly rather than in parallel
irregular
(of a surface or shape); not level or flat or symmetrical
jagged, jaggy, scraggy
having a sharply uneven surface or outline
lumpy
having lumps; not smooth and even in texture
out of true, untrue
not accurately fitted; not level
patchy
irregular or uneven in quality, texture, etc.
pebble-grained
(of leather) having a rough surface as the result of being treated with a patterned roller
ragged
having an irregular outline
unparallel
not straight or parallel
rough, unsmooth
having or caused by an irregular surface
unsteady
subject to change or variation
Antonyms:
even
being level or straight or regular and without variation as e.g. in shape or texture; or being in the same plane or at the same height as something else (i.e. even with)
flat, level, plane
having a surface without slope, tilt in which no part is higher or lower than another
flatbottom, flatbottomed
having a flat bottom
flush
of a surface exactly even with an adjoining one, forming the same plane
justified
having words so spaced that lines have straight even margins
lap-jointed
jointed so as to produce a flush surface
straight-grained
of timber; having fibers that run in parallel
level
oriented at right angles to the plumb
straight, true
accurately fitted; level
smooth
having a surface free from roughness or bumps or ridges or irregularities
steady
not subject to change or variation especially in behavior
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adj variable and recurring at irregular intervals

“an uneven gait”
uneven spacing”
Synonyms:
unsteady
subject to change or variation
3

adj not divisible by two

Synonyms:
odd
Antonyms:
even
divisible by two

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