Definitions

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  • adv. In a spasmodic manner; intermittently.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a spasmodic manner; by fits and starts; by spasmodic action or procedure.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. with spasms
  • adv. in spurts and fits

Etymologies

spasmodic +‎ -ally (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Hmmm. I can think of another word-similar but not quite the same as "spasmodically" - to describe Mad Nad and her blogging, but apparently the word's not politically correct these days.

    The Devil's Knife

  • 1943: Letters are coming in spasmodically while parcels arrive fairly regularly.

    Work Camp 11033 GW

  • The green barbets also call spasmodically throughout the month, chiefly in the early morning and the late afternoon, but the only note uttered by the coppersmith is a soft _wow_.

    A Bird Calendar for Northern India

  • The green barbet calls spasmodically throughout December, but, as a rule, only in the afternoon.

    A Bird Calendar for Northern India

  • The projection was an abstracted human head, spasmodically twitching in a sort of half-nod.

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  • Not only is there the creepy age difference in that movie, but his dancing seems to consist entirely of spasmodically moving his left leg and raising his left arm in a pointing gesture.

    Matthew Yglesias » Electric Bike?

  • DVD Focus 'The Limey' (1999) Steven Soderbergh directed and Lem Dobbs wrote this slyly funny, spasmodically violent film noir in which the title character, a white-haired obsessive named Wilson (Terence Stamp), shows up in Los Angeles to avenge his daughter's death.

    Soderbergh Goes 'Haywire' With a Fast, Stylish Thriller

  • His throat worked spasmodically, but made no sound, while he struggled with all his body, convulsed with the effort to rid himself of the incommunicable something that strained for utterance.

    The Call of Kind

  • But the burning brimstone went up his nostrils and into his lungs, causing him to cough spasmodically.

    To Build a Fire

  • The unexpectedness of the crushing hurt of it caused him to yelp and at the same time instinctively and spasmodically to pull back with all his strength.

    CHAPTER XXIII

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