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[bloch-ee] /ˈblɒtʃ i/
adjective, blotchier, blotchiest.
having blotches:
a blotchy complexion.
resembling a blotch.
Origin of blotchy
First recorded in 1815-25; blotch + -y1
Related forms
blotchily, adverb Unabridged
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  • Their faces were mottled and blotchy and their eyes were rolling beseechingly.

    Larson's Luck Gerald Vance
  • He wore a ragged black coat, and he had a blotchy, red face.

    Roderick Hudson Henry James
  • His face was red and blotchy, with a network of little purple veins on the cheeks, and his features were sunk into its fatness.

    The Trembling of a Leaf William Somerset Maugham
  • He was blotchy and his eyes seemed heavy; moreover, he was without a drink, and I correctly guessed that he had no money.

    The Chequers James Runciman
  • By and by appeared the faint lights of the house, with blotchy pallors thinning the mist and darkness.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • The varnish did not look "blotchy" or patched, as it would have done had the ends of the varnish lapped.

  • If you can cure yourself of that blotchy skin and that rheumatic gait, someone might believe you.

  • It is supposed to be a clouded animal—not stripy, but blotchy, like a tortoise-shell tom-cat.

    The Day's Work, Volume 1 Rudyard Kipling
  • (f.) The color changes from silvery to various shades of black and red or blotchy, according to the species.

British Dictionary definitions for blotchy


covered in or marked by blotches
Derived Forms
blotchily, adverb
blotchiness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for blotchy

1799, from blotch + -y (2). Related: Blotchiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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