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[sploch] /splɒtʃ/
a large, irregular spot; blot; stain; blotch.
verb (used with object)
to mark or cover with splotches.
verb (used without object)
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.
to cause or be liable to cause stains, blots, or spots:
Be careful of that paint—it splotches.
Origin of splotch
First recorded in 1595-1605; origin uncertain Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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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


noun, verb
the usual US word for splodge
Derived Forms
splotchy, adjective
Word Origin
C17: perhaps a blend of spot + blotch
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for splotch

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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