Etymology
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spotty (adj.)

mid-14c., "marked with spots," from spot (n.) + -y (2). Meaning "unsteady, uneven" is attested from 1932, from a more specific use with reference to painting (1812).

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Definitions of spotty

spotty (adj.)
having spots or patches (small areas of contrasting color or texture);
the wall had a spotty speckled effect
Synonyms: patched / spotted
spotty (adj.)
lacking consistency;
the golfer hit the ball well but his putting was spotty
Synonyms: uneven / scratchy
From wordnet.princeton.edu