\ ˈspläch How to pronounce splotch (audio) \

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 How to pronounce splotchy (audio) \ adjective

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: Noun The trick to choosing a ripe watermelon is to look for a yellow or cream-colored splotch or ground spot—the fruit’s key sign of peak ripeness. Cynthia Sass, Mph, Health.com, "8 Health Benefits of Watermelon, According to a Nutritionist," 12 Aug. 2020 In a photo posted to social media, the lesions appear as dark, bubbly splotches on the underside of a turtle's namesake shell. Fox News, "NJ wildlife officials seeing mysterious lesions on wild turtles, ask for public's help," 22 May 2020 On global maps of temperature anomalies for the year so far, northern Siberia shows up as a splotch of crimson red, with some of the largest anomalies of anywhere in the world. Andrew Freedman, Anchorage Daily News, "Unusual warmth pours over North Pole, potentially jump-starting melt season for Arctic ice," 15 May 2020 The second shows their current whereabouts—a few pathetic splotches totaling just 10 percent of their former range. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, "The Last Giraffes on Earth," 13 Mar. 2020 Oily, orange coffee rust is a fungus that grows on coffee crops in splotches. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Invasive Snails Might Save Coffee Crops From Fungus, but Experts Advise Caution," 11 Mar. 2020 Similarly, a person looking at another person with a weird hairstyle and splotches of makeup on their face will see a human, sporting a weird hairstyle and with makeup on their face. Kate Cox, Ars Technica, "Some shirts hide you from cameras—but will anyone wear them?," 10 Apr. 2020 When splotches of mold surfaced on Brandy Cabrera’s shower wall in September 2019, the 37-year-old bus attendant began to worry about her teenage son, who is autistic. Popular Science, "Rising sea levels leave public housing residents struggling with mold," 1 Apr. 2020 Yet the camera is drawn away, and Thunberg recedes from view, her sharp features and bright magenta blouse reduced to indistinct splotches. Jody Rosen, New York Times, "Staring Down Donald Trump, the Same Elephant in Every Room," 16 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb This group includes angel-wing begonias, named for their folded, often spotted or splotched leaves, which resemble wings. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, "Begonias Burst With Bright Color in the Cool Shade," 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, "Prada Serves Up the Secret to Pulling Off Neon Bright Eye Makeup With Ease," 3 May 2019 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

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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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The first known use of splotch was in 1601

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17 Aug 2020

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“Splotch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/splotch. Accessed 30 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of splotch

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

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