pock·​mark | \ ˈpäk-ˌmärk How to pronounce pockmark (audio) \

Definition of pockmark

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a mark, pit, or depressed scar caused by smallpox or acne also : an imperfection or depression like a pockmark


pockmarked; pockmarking; pockmarks

Definition of pockmark (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to cover with or as if with pockmarks : pit

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Examples of pockmark in a Sentence

Noun The bullets left pockmarks in the wall. the explosion left little pockmarks all over the face of the adjacent building
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Patriots released kicker Justin Rohrwasser this past week, leaving another pockmark on Bill Belichick’s draft record. BostonGlobe.com, 27 Mar. 2021 Smaller collisions occur more often, so the pattern of pockmarks on Ryugu could have been produced in just nine million years. Kenneth Chang, New York Times, 23 Mar. 2020 One-time pollution episodes left further pockmarks in the nation’s mussel beds. Marion Renault, Wired, 18 Apr. 2020 The pop-up camera gave you a front camera without any screen blemishes at all, and now OnePlus has downgraded with a pockmark in the top-left corner of the phone. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, 14 Apr. 2020 Last year, a New York Times investigation showed the disconnect between Europe’s green image and its farm policy, which has caused lasting environmental damage and left visible pockmarks across Europe. Selam Gebrekidan, New York Times, 9 Mar. 2020 Jimmy Tobias reports for High Country News on the National Park Service's push to work with AT&T and other telecom giants to pockmark protected lands with cell towers. Mark Olalde, USA TODAY, 20 Mar. 2020 Debris from near the plane’s cockpit was peppered with the telltale pockmarks of antiaircraft shrapnel. Andrew E. Kramer, New York Times, 9 Mar. 2020 However, subsequent surveys by MBARI and other organizations have revealed over 5,200 pockmarks spread across 500 square miles. Fox News, 13 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Poles flocked to try McDonald’s cheeseburgers, kebabs and Vietnamese food, while milk bars came to be seen as a grim reminder of a past pockmarked with scarcity and oppression. Amelia Nierenberg, New York Times, 21 Apr. 2020 Holding up a map of the Trump plan in a UN Security Council meeting, Abbas said the land allocated for Palestinians looked like Swiss cheese due to the settlements that pockmark the West Bank. David Wainer, Bloomberg.com, 10 May 2020 Their legacy has been pockmarked by lawsuits, all hurled by Love—for songwriting credits in 1993, against Jardine using the Beach Boys name on tour in 2003, and over a free CD included with Brian’s solo album Smile in 2005. Morgan Enos, Fortune, 3 Mar. 2020 The craters which pockmark the moon are formed by asteroid impacts millions of years ago. Fox News, 16 Mar. 2020 Others had decamped to settlements along the Turkish border, where blue and white tents pockmark rocky hillsides and olive groves. Mike Ives, New York Times, 9 Mar. 2020 Not far from the temple in Prey Chhor lies a rice field pockmarked with the remnants of mass graves. Andrew Nachemson, Los Angeles Times, 26 Feb. 2020 The result is frustrated drivers swerving haphazardly around gouged and pockmarked roads. Kellie Hwang, Indianapolis Star, 22 Jan. 2020 The makeup has come off, their hair is now gray and balding, their six-pack has turned into a beer gut, and their face is pockmarked with pimples. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, 14 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of pockmark


circa 1646, in the meaning defined above


1756, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of pockmark was circa 1646

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“Pockmark.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pockmark. Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of pockmark

: a mark or scar on the skin that is usually caused by a disease (such as chicken pox or acne)
: a hole in or mark on something


pock·​mark | \ ˈpäk-ˌmärk How to pronounce pockmark (audio) \

Kids Definition of pockmark

1 : the mark left by a pock
2 : a small hole or dent

Other Words from pockmark

pockmarked \ -​ˌmärkt \ adjective pockmarked skin


pock·​mark | \ ˈpäk-ˌmärk How to pronounce pockmark (audio) \

Medical Definition of pockmark

: a mark, pit, or depressed scar caused by smallpox or acne

Other Words from pockmark

pockmarked adjective


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