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

Other Words from blotch

Noun

blotchily \ ˈblä-​chə-​lē How to pronounce blotch (audio) \ adverb
blotchy \ ˈblä-​chē How to pronounce blotch (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 Still, in the contents of this collection, some blotched with stray fingerprints or grease splatters, O’Keeffe left traces of her daily effort to maintain Abiquiu as a sanctuary. Amelia Nierenberg, New York Times, 7 Feb. 2020 The friend spotted a big male Chinook — its fins torn, its back blotched with the fungus of decay. Special To The Oregonian, OregonLive.com, 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, 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, 6 Feb. 2017 People emerged from the pools, their pale white skin blotched with red. James Hamblin, The Atlantic, 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, 6 Feb. 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun One sin was for attempting to hire Ben Johnson, the notorious drug cheater from Canada, who left a blotch on the Seoul Olympics in 1988 by winning the 100 meters and quickly testing positive for steroids. Bill Dwyre, Los Angeles Times, 8 Dec. 2021 However, the real purpose of this conversation is for Heather to talk about her stress rash, which is really just a red blotch on her forehead. Brian Moylan, Vulture, 28 Nov. 2021 Look for a nearby blotch of green space or set off in search of a sunset or a playground full of happy memories. New York Times, 5 July 2021 The woman is definitely experiencing some kind of stress-blotch breakout. Kristen Baldwin, EW.com, 16 Mar. 2021 Splotchy, black-specked leaves are likely sign of Guignardia leaf blotch. Jim Johnson, chicagotribune.com, 3 Oct. 2020 There is a good chance that your tree has Guignardia leaf blotch, which gives the appearance of a tree with leaf scorch from a distance. Tim Johnson, chicagotribune.com, 30 Aug. 2020 And each one is utterly unique: the pattern of white and black blotches on the underside of their tail fluke is as individual as a human fingerprint. Dr. Kirsten Thompson, Time, 16 May 2020 Spots, blotches, stripes, snotty secretions, urine and even bones and digits glowed after exposure to blue light. Joanna Klein, New York Times, 27 Feb. 2020

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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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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 blotch (audio) \ adjective

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