\ 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 splotch (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 But as new images from the Juno spacecraft show, the once circular feature has morphed into an enigmatic splotch. Star Tribune, 21 May 2021 Lone star tick: For several decades, only about .3% of ticks submitted to the Agricultural Experiment Station were of this species (named for the light splotch on its back) and those likely were brought in by people and animals from other regions. Jesse Leavenworth, courant.com, 29 Apr. 2021 In the image above, the pink splotch shows the X-rays detected in 2002 imposed on a photo of Uranus taken in 2004 at the same orientation. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 12 Apr. 2021 The red splotch grew every day but was never itchy and lasted for about six days. Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY, 4 Mar. 2021 When Miles spritzed it with water, the black splotch bloomed bright and green. Sabrina Imbler, Smithsonian Magazine, 14 Dec. 2020 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, 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, 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, 15 May 2020 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, 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 Others had arms and legs that were mottled purple, splotched with unexplained bruises. Julie Bosman, New York Times, 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, 22 Mar. 2018 Her client's blonde hair was splotched with green, orange, and purple. Devon Abelman, Allure, 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, 7 Sep. 2017 But there is no need to splotch your eclipse safety glasses with tears. Karla Peterson, sandiegouniontribune.com, 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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“Splotch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/splotch. Accessed 18 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of splotch

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

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