- a large, irregular spot; blot; stain; blotch.
- to mark or cover with splotches.
- 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
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Examples from the Web for splotch
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
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
- the usual US word for splodge
C17: perhaps a blend of spot + blotch
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Word Origin and History for splotch
c.1600, perhaps a blend of spot, blot, and/or botch. Related: Splotchy; splotchiness.
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