blotch

verb
\ˈbläch \
blotched; blotching; blotches

Definition of blotch 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to mark or mar with blotches

blotch

noun

Definition of blotch (Entry 2 of 2)

2 : a spot or mark (as of color or ink) especially when large or irregular

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Other Words from blotch

Noun

blotchily \ˈblä-chə-lē \ adverb
blotchy \ˈblä-chē \ adjective

Examples of blotch in a Sentence

Verb

blotched the bedroom walls with various shades of blue to give them a textured effect my pen leaked and blotched my shirt pocket

Noun

blotches on the tree's leaves a dog with a single small blotch of black
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The friend spotted a big male Chinook — its fins torn, its back blotched with the fungus of decay. Special To The Oregonian, OregonLive.com, "In the crosshairs of conscience: John Kitzhaber's death penalty reckoning," 5 May 2018 Inside the box there's a pile of mint-green paint chips, blotched with brown stains and cracked like a dehydrated lake bed. Maya Dukmasova, Chicago Reader, "Arts / Housing / History National Public Housing Museum’s new show informs, memorializes, but doesn’t point fingers," 24 Oct. 2017 As Ghosh writes, back in 1635, in a village nearby Slovakia’s Strazov Mountains, lawyer Jan Ladislaides marked his stamp of approval on municipal account documents with a small blotched drawing of two dots and a line inside a circle. Lauren Young, Smithsonian, "Researchers Discover a 17th-Century “Emoji”," 6 Feb. 2017 People emerged from the pools, their pale white skin blotched with red. James Hamblin, The Atlantic, "The Ice Guru in Brooklyn," 9 June 2017 As Ghosh writes, back in 1635, in a village nearby Slovakia’s Strazov Mountains, lawyer Jan Ladislaides marked his stamp of approval on municipal account documents with a small blotched drawing of two dots and a line inside a circle. Lauren Young, Smithsonian, "Researchers Discover a 17th-Century “Emoji”," 6 Feb. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Anthracnose produces dark blotches on canes and possibly sideshoot dieback. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "How To Grow Your Own Vibrant Raspberries," 23 May 2017 Think long and hard about the Wildcats as your national title choice The one big blotch on the résumé Villanova has built during its reign of the new Big East is a lack of consistent success in the NCAAs. Chris Johnson, SI.com, "Villanova Shows It's Still King of the Big East—and a Legitimate National Title Threat," 11 Mar. 2018 In the silly stunt, both boys are covered head to toe in orange and brown blotches of the bronzing lotion, during which Leo apparently stripped naked and Kyle destroyed a once-white T-shirt. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "Toddlers go wild with mom’s self-tanner, make viral mess," 18 June 2018 The leaves can be up to five feet across and the stem, which contains a toxic sap, is hollow and rigid, and has purple blotches and coarse white hairs near its base. Matthew Diebel, USA TODAY, "Giant Hogweed, a plant that can cause burns and blindness, found in Virginia," 18 June 2018 These tiny blotches never mar a humane and tender portrait of three sisters in all their grandeur and vulnerability. Richard Davenport-hines, WSJ, "‘Those Wild Wyndhams’ Review: Gilded Captives of Their Time," 15 June 2018 One final defeat in 1950, and last year’s semi-final humbling remains a blotch on their international record. SI.com, "World Cup Preview: Brazil vs Switzerland - Recent Form, Team News, Predictions & More," 16 June 2018 After several days to two weeks, new symptoms would emerge: diarrhea, hair loss, fever, seizures, and bleeding in the mouth and under the skin, which sometimes creates purple blotches on the body. Daily Intelligencer, "This Is What a Nuclear Bomb Looks Like," 12 June 2018 Its hairless stalks are light green with red to purplish blotches on the stalk or trunk, with graceful, carrot-like leaves. Margaret Lauterbach, idahostatesman, "Know the proper ways to attack all of our plentiful weeds," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of blotch

Verb

1604, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1619, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for blotch

Noun

perhaps blend of blot entry 1 and botch entry 3

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The first known use of blotch was in 1604

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More Definitions for blotch

blotch

noun

English Language Learners Definition of blotch

: a usually dark-colored spot especially on the skin

blotch

noun
\ˈbläch \

Kids Definition of blotch

1 : a blemish on the skin

2 : a large irregular spot of color or ink

Other Words from blotch

blotched \ˈblächt \ adjective

blotch

noun
\ˈbläch \

Medical Definition of blotch 

: a discolored patch on the skin the face and neck were covered with large reddish blotches

Other Words from blotch

blotch transitive verb
blotchy \ \ adjective

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