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.

Definitions of uneven
  1. adjective
    (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. adjective
    lacking consistency
    synonyms: scratchy, spotty
    inconsistent
    displaying a lack of consistency
  3. adjective
    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
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    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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  4. adjective
    variable and recurring at irregular intervals
    “an uneven gait”
    uneven spacing”
    Synonyms:
    unsteady
    subject to change or variation
  5. adjective
    not divisible by two
    synonyms: odd
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    Antonyms:
    even
    divisible by two
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