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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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

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 Dark-colored blotches penetrate the flesh of tubers. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "Grow Healthy Food By Identifying + Treating These Common Plant Diseases," 21 July 2015 In full glory during late October and early November when the water level is just right, vibrant blotches of reds, oranges, yellows, greens and blues paint its water—turning the surface into a virtual rainbow. Brynn Mannino, Woman's Day, "10 Extraordinary Rivers Around the World," 15 Oct. 2010 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

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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 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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