motley crew

Definition of motley crew

  1. :  an unusual mixed group We were a motley crew of musicians and athletes.

Word by Word Definitions

motleyplay
  1. :  variegated in color

    :  made up of many different people or things

  1. :  a woolen fabric of mixed colors made in England between the 14th and 17th centuries

    :  a garment made of motley

    :  the characteristic dress of the professional fool

crewplay
  1. : chiefly British past tense ofcrow

  1. :  a band or force of armed men

    :  a group of people associated together in a common activity or by common traits or interests

    :  gang

  1. :  to act as a member of a crew

    :  to serve as a crew member on (a ship, an aircraft, etc.)


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up motley crew? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

a lively discussion

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!