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splotchy adjective


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splotched; splotching; splotches

transitive verb

: to mark with a splotch : cover with splotches

Examples of splotch in a Sentence

Noun the bleach left a small white splotch on my shirt Verb ink from a leaking pen had badly splotched his shirt pocket
Recent Examples on the Web
Wilder, like Bing, has two different-colored eyes and a splotch on his scrotum. Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker, 6 May 2024 The clear plastic guard will protect her favorite recipes from splatters and splotches and help keep her cookbook collection pristine. Lizzy Briskin, Peoplemag, 3 May 2024 Cubes of tuna tartare top a base of avocado, a familiar appetizer served with splotches of lively yuzu and sriracha sauces. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 26 Mar. 2024 Other standouts were a Trompe l’oeil suit that looks like an x-ray of wooden bones, and another ombre effect suit but in blue and white, and a blue striped button-down with bright blue splotches of paint spills. Kerane Marcellus, Essence, 18 Mar. 2024 Teens running, police converging and a grey splotch that appears to be moving: Videos from an outdoor mall in Miami stoked wild claims this week on social media that aliens had landed on Earth. Kalhan Rosenblatt, NBC News, 5 Jan. 2024 Each page has splotches and blobs of watercolor that encourage each person to draw whatever image the shape looks like to them. L. Daniela Alvarez, Better Homes & Gardens, 26 Sep. 2023 Speaking of duck, it gets featured as a main course, meaty confit paired with creamy white beans and green splotches of gremolata to brighten what’s otherwise beige. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 8 Mar. 2024 Bloodstone is a variety of chalcedony, usually dark green with splotches of red hematite. Olivia Munson, USA TODAY, 20 Feb. 2024
Thick corded trunks snake upward from the ground, reaching toward an overhead lattice of branches splotched with green. Pragathi Ravi, The Christian Science Monitor, 27 Mar. 2024 Some of the trunks in these pictures have sinuous trunks of brown, splotched green, black and gray. Roberta Smith, New York Times, 10 Mar. 2024 The whites of his eyes were splotched with blood, a sign that blood vessels on the surface of his eyes had burst. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 6 Jan. 2023 Yuskavage, in a flowing Dries van Noten dress splotched with fuchsia, green, and yellow, appraised the painting. Ariel Levy, The New Yorker, 31 July 2023 He’s had his vocals splotched together and sold with artists who debuted years after his 1997 death. Andre Gee, Rolling Stone, 4 May 2023 This group includes angel-wing begonias, named for their folded, often spotted or splotched leaves, which resemble wings. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 5 June 2020 Each model’s color assignment was an off-the-cuff decision, with show opener Kyla Ramsey and Gigi Hadid each sporting bolts of citrus orange, while Rebecca Longendyke's ice blue gaze was splotched with hot pink. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, 3 May 2019 Off-White splotched neon-bright pigment on the ear to take athleisure to the next level. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, 5 Oct. 2018

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Word History



perhaps blend of spot and blotch

First Known Use


1601, in the meaning defined above


1654, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of splotch was in 1601

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“Splotch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/splotch. Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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