When you do something piecemeal (adv.), you're doing it little by little, but in a seemingly random way, with no order or system.

  • Pronunciation: / 'pismil/
  • English description: a little bit at a time
  • Synonyms: bit by bit
  • Chinese Translation:  逐个地(zhu2 ge4 de)
  • Spanish Translation: deslavazadamente
  • ORIGIN: Say you're a computer geek and someone calls you desperate to find out how to fix a computer that's just crashed. If you respond piecemeal to the caller's questions, she'll have to call you back many times to get all the information she needs to get the computer up again. You may like to talk to her, but she's not going to be impressed with your computer smarts.


  • We have the sense of a big world seen piecemeal, in small and obsessively focused increments.
  • This is an album to be consumed from start to finish, not piecemeal in playlists.

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