- 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 splotches
And there were the splotches of pigment of which Calhoun had heard.
"Then your parents had the splotches fade, so you never had them," he said absorbedly.
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
He was just eating supper when we called; there were splotches of white plaster on his trousers.The Blind Spot
- the usual US word for splodge
C17: perhaps a blend of spot + blotch
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Word Origin and History for splotches
c.1600, perhaps a blend of spot, blot, and/or botch. Related: Splotchy; splotchiness.
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