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splotchy adjective


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splotched; splotching; splotches

transitive verb

: to mark with a splotch : cover with splotches

Example Sentences

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
Shame on you, one scowl says, for having a weedy splotch of yellowing turf in a freedom-loving neighborhood where the conscientious sacrifice their Saturdays to crawling on hands and grass-stained knees in search of renegade dandelions. Bob Sipchen, The Christian Science Monitor, 22 Nov. 2022 The mud stain is a naturally occurring splotch, while the wine stain is a more striking, difficult stain. Collin Morgan, Car and Driver, 16 Nov. 2022 It’s the sort of movie that opens with one of this country’s most storied singers sitting down for a radio interview with a tangy white gossip whose name is Reginald Lord Devine and whose shirt has at least one mustard splotch. Wesley Morris, New York Times, 12 Oct. 2022 The Nogahabara Sand Dunes — west of the Koyukuk River and the villages of Hughes and Huslia — are a whitish splotch on the face of Alaska that covers 26 square miles. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, 24 Sep. 2022 An egg mass is a light-colored splotch with a waxy gray coating. Beth Botts, Chicago Tribune, 8 Sep. 2022 Worse, the dreaded white splotch greatly increased in size as well. Bryant Stamford, The Courier-Journal, 10 Feb. 2022 Thankfully, my overall score still wasn’t too bad, but again, all the calcium was in that same white splotch. Bryant Stamford, The Courier-Journal, 4 Feb. 2022 The two of them spend much of the film zooming around the city in Kafuku’s vintage red Saab, a splotch of jazzy color moving against the concrete highway landscapes. David Sims, The Atlantic, 19 Jan. 2022
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 See More

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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 6 Dec. 2022.

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