\ 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


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

On the surface, that translates to little red splotches that don't seem to go away — especially around your nose, cheeks, and chin. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "How to Treat Broken Capillaries on Your Face — and Prevent Them in the First Place," 27 Sep. 2018 The place was a mess: eggshells everywhere, the counter covered in splotches of sticky batter, bags of flour spilled onto the floor. Ruth Reichl, Good Housekeeping, "Good Read: Delicious!," 10 Mar. 2014 The Trump International Golf Course near his Florida estate was hit by splotches of red paint in April, obscuring some of the letters on the sign at the entrance of the club in West Palm Beach. Adam Shaw, Fox News, "Anti-Trump vandalism sweeps country: Yacht, Hollywood star latest targets," 9 Aug. 2018 There are plenty of blockbusters as well: Rarely seen paintings on display include Irises, which has never been shown in the U.S., and is accompanied by Monet's own palette, covered in splotches of red, yellow, and blue paint. Molly Gallagher, ELLE Decor, "Lasting Impressions," 21 May 2012 My nose was Rudolph-crimson, my eyes puffy, and a splotch of scarlet bloomed in the middle of each cheek, like on a Russian nesting doll. Nadia Berenstein, SELF, "Holiday Parties Bring Out the Worst of My Rosacea," 19 Dec. 2018 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

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

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

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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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