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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 splotches
Historical Examples
  • "Then your parents had the splotches fade, so you never had them," he said absorbedly.

    Pariah Planet Murray Leinster
  • And there were the splotches of pigment of which Calhoun had heard.

    Pariah Planet Murray Leinster
  • See, there are only splotches about, from various cuts he received.

  • There were splotches of brown on the backs of their hands, and on the temples and forehead.

    Gigolo Edna Ferber
  • He was just eating supper when we called; there were splotches of white plaster on his trousers.

    The Blind Spot Austin Hall
  • On the sloping banks below were splotches of violet and primrose, and, over all, hung the green shimmer of spring.

    "Wee Tim'rous Beasties" Douglas English
  • splotches of Earth-light and starlight sheen slowly shifted as the night advanced.

  • In some cases irregular brownish patches or splotches develop on the skin around the breasts, on the sides, or on the face.


    William J. Robinson
  • Away and beyond stood the Bear Paws, hazily blue, with splotches of purple shadows.

    Chip, of the Flying U B. M. Bower
  • Passing beneath an electric lamp, the light fell an instant on his face—pale beneath the stubble beard and the splotches of grime.

    Ann Arbor Tales Karl Edwin Harriman
British Dictionary definitions for splotches


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 splotches



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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