\ˈspläch \

Definition of splotch 

(Entry 1 of 2)


splotched; splotching; splotches

Definition of splotch (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to mark with a splotch : cover with splotches

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splotchy \ˈsplä-​chē \ adjective

Examples of splotch in a Sentence


the bleach left a small white splotch on my shirt


ink from a leaking pen had badly splotched his shirt pocket

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

There’s a clue to the book’s duality on the front cover: What first appear to be random splotches of thick blue paint represent, in fact, a paw print. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: Pachyderm Parties and a Hue That’ll Make You Cry," 20 Sep. 2018 When that time of month rolls around, the sudden appearance of red splotches in your underwear is totally normal (if a little inconvenient). Tina Ferraro, Teen Vogue, "Period Blood Color Guide: What Colored Blood Means For Your Health," 9 Aug. 2018 The night that once stained his career is barely a splotch now. Ben Cohen, WSJ, "LeBron James Has Another Decision. These Boys and Girls Won’t Be There.," 27 June 2018 Instead, as the greater conversation around quirks like scars, moles, and a whole host of skin differences changed, so too did my relationship with my caramel splotch. Halie Lesavage, Glamour, "I Tormented Myself Over the Mole on My Face for Years—Then Came Instagram," 22 Mar. 2018 Colyer, Selzer and Kobach all centered their opening remarks on the controversy about an American flag with ink splotches that was displayed at the University of Kansas as part of an art project. Bryan Lowry, kansascity, "Kobach and Colyer trade barbs — and boos— at heated Johnson County GOP debate," 12 July 2018 The fur of Weddell seals appeared like beautiful patchwork, speckled with splotches of grey on dark-silver skin. Kasha Patel, Smithsonian, "How Data-Gathering Seals Help Scientists Measure the Melting Antarctic," 13 July 2018 The American flag flies outside a University of Kansas building — bearing big black splotches and the image of a black-and-white striped sock. Katy Bergen, kansascity, "Public art or defaced flag? KU art series draws ire from governor, other politicians," 11 July 2018 A few days ago, in a TD Ameritrade clubhouse, Shaddy removed his cap to reveal a red splotch on the right side of his forehead just below the hairline. Pat Borzi, New York Times, "A College World Series Filled With Hog Hats, Hammers and Championship Belts," 23 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Off-White splotched neon-bright pigment on the ear to take athleisure to the next level. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "The Top 9 Beauty Trends From the Spring 2019 Runways," 5 Oct. 2018 Others had arms and legs that were mottled purple, splotched with unexplained bruises. Julie Bosman, New York Times, "Tainted Synthetic Marijuana Sickens More Than 90 in Midwest, Killing 2," 6 Apr. 2018 His place in the Royals’ ascension from the ashes to World Series champion is commemorated in general manager Dayton Moore’s home, where a framed and dirt-splotched No. Vahe Gregorian, kansascity, "Why not over-extending for Eric Hosmer will help the Royals now and later | The Kansas City Star," 22 Mar. 2018 Her client's blonde hair was splotched with green, orange, and purple. Devon Abelman, Allure, "This Woman's Rainbow Hair-Color Correction Shows a Problem With Instagram Hair Trends," 31 Oct. 2017 Walls throughout the four-bedroom home were still covered in sheet-rock splotched with pink spackle, but Day said the home was very close to being finished. Cynthia Billhartz Gregorian, kansascity, "Leawood mom with DIY Network show spent her summer turning messes into mansions," 7 Sep. 2017 But there is no need to splotch your eclipse safety glasses with tears. Karla Peterson, sandiegouniontribune.com, "After the eclipse, check out San Diego's natural wonders," 18 Aug. 2017 On a May visit to the Falls Church, Virginia, store, the floors in the refrigerator aisles were splotched with brown stains. Sarah Halzack, miamiherald, "The big missteps that brought an American retail icon to the edge of collapse," 25 June 2017 On a May visit to the Falls Church, Virginia, store, the floors in the refrigerator aisles were splotched with brown stains. Sarah Halzack, courant.com, "The Big Missteps That Brought An American Retail Icon To The Edge Of Collapse," 5 June 2017

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First Known Use of splotch


1601, in the meaning defined above


1654, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for splotch


perhaps blend of spot and blotch

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English Language Learners Definition of splotch

: a large spot or mark of dirt, paint, etc.

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