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blotchy

[bloch-ee] /ˈblɒtʃ i/
adjective, blotchier, blotchiest.
1.
having blotches:
a blotchy complexion.
2.
resembling a blotch.
Origin of blotchy
1815-1825
First recorded in 1815-25; blotch + -y1
Related forms
blotchily, adverb
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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

blotchy

/ˈblɒtʃɪ/
adjective
1.
covered in or marked by blotches
Derived Forms
blotchily, adverb
blotchiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for blotchy
adj.

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

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