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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. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for splotch
Historical Examples
  • Sam O'Neill stood picking at a splotch on the ancient plaster, with strong, yellow-gloved hands.

    V. V.'s Eyes Henry Sydnor Harrison
  • They dab a splotch of sheep-dip on the place and go right ahead.

    Following the Equator, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • The yellow box in which Lil carried her costumes was a splotch of color against the white fur robes.

  • Her hair flamed bright in a splotch of sun as she got to her feet.

    Three Soldiers John Dos Passos
  • That was all, save that in place of a signature there was a splotch of red sealing wax.

    Triple Spies Roy J. Snell
  • But my mother, when she turned, saw only a splotch of wet on the outside of the glass.

    The Unknown Quantity Henry van Dyke
  • But at last he saw in the distance a splotch of green trees through which shone whitewashed walls.

    With Hoops of Steel Florence Finch Kelly
  • 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
  • You once took a splotch of dirt out of my eye that was troubling me very much.

  • A splotch like a red cabbage leaf was on the cheek of Solomon.

    My Neighbors Caradoc Evans
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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