\ 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

Blood darkened the sidewalks and street in enormous splotches and trailed drops, stains that may always be visible. Paige Williams, The New Yorker, "Leading Dayton, Ohio, in an Era of Guns, Trump, and Madness," 12 Aug. 2019 A pool of heat encompasses the city of Los Angeles and a huge splotch of warmth sits squarely over the Rocky Mountains. oregonlive.com, "Washington Post analysis reveals two Oregon counties are among the fastest-warming in the country," 14 Aug. 2019 The remaining 33 Royal Ballet dancers were dressed in similar black unitards sprayed with splotches of white chalk (Dean’s idea of sins being transferred from one to another). Mark Swed, latimes.com, "Review: Thomas Adès’ spectacular ‘Inferno’ gets the Wayne McGregor and Tacita Dean touch," 14 July 2019 When seen from above, the melting sea ice looked like a field of white mottled with dark splotches where the ice had turned to liquid. Meredith Fore, WIRED, "Magnetic Materials Help Explain How Arctic Ice Melts," 5 July 2019 There was also the matter of hyperpigmentation, i.e., the brownish splotches around my eyes. Alice Gregory, Allure, "I Got Fillers for My Chronic Undereye Circles, and the Results Were Impressive," 28 Apr. 2019 Some had a difficult time believing that the squirrels, photographed in the Pathanamthitta District of Kerala, actually exist, thanks to the animals’ vibrant splotches of black, cream, and burnt fuchsia. Jason Bittel, National Geographic, "Giant purple squirrels do exist—and they have an odd behavior," 4 Apr. 2019 The circle encompassing the stylized logo represented a splotch of tomato sauce. Jordan Valinsky, CNN, "Pizza Hut brings back its retro logo," 25 June 2019 Earlier in that month, Uber’s road rival Lyft, which also went public this year, revealed an even bigger splotch of red ink—$1.1 billion worth, on $776 million in revenue—in its debut quarterly report. Clifton Leaf, Fortune, "Follow the Money for the Truth About Tech, From Valuations to VR," 20 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 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

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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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