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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 splotches
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  • 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.

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

    The Blind Spot Austin Hall
  • There were splotches of brown on the backs of their hands, and on the temples and forehead.

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

    Woman William J. Robinson
  • splotches of color were daubed on and rubbed carelessly in and removed with infinite pains.

    Unfinished Portraits Jennette Lee
  • 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
  • Both the busts are unfinished; in the absence of chasing and hammering they are covered with bubbles and splotches of metal.

    Donatello David Lindsay, Earl of Crawford
  • As the man moved forward, splotches of light from the trees slipped across his robe.

    The Jewels of Aptor Samuel R. Delany
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
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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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