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 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, "Own the Recipes of Georgia O’Keeffe," 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, "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 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, "Splotchy, black-specked leaves are likely sign of Guignardia leaf blotch. Here’s how to treat it.," 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, "Humpback Whales Have Made a Remarkable Recovery, Giving Us Hope for the Planet," 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, "Salamanders and Frogs Hide a Glowing Secret," 27 Feb. 2020 Securing a point away at their nearest rivals will be considered a good result for Ernesto Valverde's side, but the injury sustained to Alba will be a blotch on an otherwise credible night. SI.com, "Jordi Alba to Undergo Further Tests After Suffering Hamstring Injury in Dortmund Stalemate," 18 Sep. 2019 The prospect of being a Quisling administration administering a rump ink-blotch Palestinian semi-state has enraged Palestinian leaders. Sam Kiley, CNN, "Palestinians say Trump's deal is racist. But their leaders are bereft of ideas on how to fight it," 5 Feb. 2020 The new range of dolls includes one with vitiligo, a condition that causes the loss of skin pigment in blotches. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Barbie Just Got Even More Inclusive with Its Latest Fashionistas 2020 Collection," 28 Jan. 2020 The brown blotches of heartbreak from defeats to AC Milan, Real Madrid and Barcelona were on his cheeks. SI.com, "Gianluigi Buffon: The Old Man & the UEFA Champions League," 26 June 2019 Four losses in four playoff appearances will always be a blotch on Dalton’s record here. John Fay, Cincinnati.com, "BengalsXtra: Cincinnati Bengals QB Dalton deserves your cheers Sunday vs. Cleveland Browns," 28 Dec. 2019

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blotch. Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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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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