blotch

verb
\ ˈbläch How to pronounce blotch (audio) \
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 How to pronounce blotchily (audio) \ adverb
blotchy \ ˈblä-​chē How to pronounce blotchy (audio) \ 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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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 The species, present in Europe since before the last Ice Age, has been threatened by defoliation because of the leaf miner moth, and a blotch caused by a fungus, as well as by human pressures. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Report: 58% of Europe-only trees face extinction threat," 27 Sep. 2019 The only blotch on an otherwise faultless CV for Pep Guardiola is Champions League success with the Citizens. SI.com, "Champions League 2019/20: All 32 Team's Confirmed Squads," 4 Sep. 2019 The blotches ran well down the sides of his face and his hands had deep-creased scars from dealing with consistent UEFA Champions League defeats. SI.com, "Gianluigi Buffon: The Old Man & the UEFA Champions League," 26 June 2019 Last season, defeat to Tottenham on aggregate in the quarter finals was the only blotch on an otherwise spotless quilt, weaved together beautifully by the multitude of stars City boast in their ranks. SI.com, "Kevin De Bruyne: How Man City's Returning Hero Is an Invaluable Asset to an Already Outstanding Team," 25 Aug. 2019 The indecipherable red and white blotches were placed seemingly at random and, coupled with the contrasting shades of blue made for a god-awful mess. SI.com, "50 Worst Football Shirts of All Time," 3 July 2019 Their coloration varies between yellow, tan, olive, brown, gray, orange or reddish brown with dark blotches. Michelle Lou, CNN, "'Zombie snakes' in North Carolina are a lot less scary than they sound," 11 June 2019 And for years the Egyptian authorities worried that these blotches might be microorganisms fueled by humidity and the sweaty bodies of tourists. Jori Finkel, New York Times, "Getty Completes Study of Paintings at King Tut’s Tomb," 26 Mar. 2018 Pale to brown blotches on leaves are the work of squash bugs. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "How To Grow Loads Of Delicious Zucchini–The Most Versatile Garden Veggie Ever," 12 June 2017

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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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“Blotch.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blotch. Accessed 11 December 2019.

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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 How to pronounce blotch (audio) \

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 How to pronounce blotch (audio) \

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 \ -​ē How to pronounce blotchy (audio) \ adjective

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