pockmark

1 of 2

noun

pock·​mark ˈpäk-ˌmärk How to pronounce pockmark (audio)
: a mark, pit, or depressed scar caused by smallpox or acne
also : an imperfection or depression like a pockmark

pockmark

2 of 2

verb

pockmarked; pockmarking; pockmarks

transitive verb

: to cover with or as if with pockmarks : pit

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
Anecdotal evidence is not sufficient to make a case because there are several other diseases, like chicken pox and the measles, that leave characteristic pockmark scars in their wake as well. Nathaniel Scharping, Discover Magazine, 9 Dec. 2016 The fossil record tells us — via distinctive Osedax burrows that pockmark bone — that whale fall communities have been around for 30 million years. Riley Black, Discover Magazine, 11 Dec. 2013
Verb
Navy Griffin, a 2020 college graduate from Arkansas whose early career has been pockmarked by negative and historic economic developments, frets about another setback. Alicia Wallace, CNN, 24 May 2023 The first in 70 years, when Charles' late mother became queen at time when Britain was still emerging from the ravages of World War II; when butter, sugar, cheese and meat were all still rationed; when British towns and cities were still pockmarked by bomb sites. Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY, 7 May 2023 See all Example Sentences for pockmark 

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun

circa 1646, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1756, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pockmark was circa 1646

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Cite this Entry

“Pockmark.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pockmark. Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

pockmark

1 of 2 noun
pock·​mark ˈpäk-ˌmärk How to pronounce pockmark (audio)
: the scar caused by smallpox or acne
also : an imperfection suggesting a pockmark

pockmark

2 of 2 verb
: to cover with or as if with pockmarks

Medical Definition

pockmark

noun
pock·​mark ˈpäk-ˌmärk How to pronounce pockmark (audio)
: a mark, pit, or depressed scar caused by smallpox or acne
pockmarked adjective

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