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splotch

[sploch] /splɒtʃ/
noun
1.
a large, irregular spot; blot; stain; blotch.
verb (used with object)
2.
to mark or cover with splotches.
verb (used without object)
3.
to be susceptible to stains or blots; show or retain stains, blots, or spots of dirt or liquid:
Don't buy that tablecloth—the material splotches easily.
4.
to cause or be liable to cause stains, blots, or spots:
Be careful of that paint—it splotches.
Origin of splotch
1595-1605
First recorded in 1595-1605; origin uncertain
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Examples from the Web for splotch
Historical Examples
  • They dab a splotch of sheep-dip on the place and go right ahead.

    Following the Equator, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • This after-dinner note had a splotch on it not yet quite dry.

    The Forsyte Saga, Complete John Galsworthy
  • Her hair flamed bright in a splotch of sun as she got to her feet.

    Three Soldiers John Dos Passos
  • But my mother, when she turned, saw only a splotch of wet on the outside of the glass.

    The Unknown Quantity Henry van Dyke
  • There was a splotch of blood on the palm and another on the under side of the thumb.

    The Coming of the Law Charles Alden Seltzer
  • That was all, save that in place of a signature there was a splotch of red sealing wax.

    Triple Spies Roy J. Snell
  • A splotch like a red cabbage leaf was on the cheek of Solomon.

    My Neighbors Caradoc Evans
  • There was a splotch of blue pigment at the back of his neck.

    This World Is Taboo Murray Leinster
  • You once took a splotch of dirt out of my eye that was troubling me very much.

  • Croxton spat and a splotch of brown tobacco juice pocked the roadside gravel.

    Ride Proud, Rebel! Andre Alice Norton
British Dictionary definitions for splotch

splotch

/splɒtʃ/
noun, verb
1.
the usual US word for splodge
Derived Forms
splotchy, adjective
Word Origin
C17: perhaps a blend of spot + blotch
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Word Origin and History for splotch
n.

c.1600, perhaps a blend of spot, blot, and/or botch. Related: Splotchy; splotchiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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