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Origin of blot

1
First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English noun blot(te); orign uncertain; perhaps akin to Old Norse blettr “blot, spot, stain”; the verb is derivative of the noun

OTHER WORDS FROM blot

blotless, adjectiveblot·ting·ly, adverbblotty, adjectiveun·blot·ted, adjective

Other definitions for blot (2 of 2)

blot2
[ blot ]
/ blɒt /

noun
Backgammon. an exposed piece liable to be taken or forfeited.
Archaic. an exposed or weak point, as in an argument or course of action.

Origin of blot

2
First recorded in 1590–1600; origin uncertain; perhaps from Low German blat, akin to bloot “bare, exposed, unprotected”; possibly cognate with Dutch bloot, German bloss bare
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How to use blot in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for blot (1 of 2)

blot1
/ (blɒt) /

noun
verb blots, blotting or blotted

Word Origin for blot

C14: probably of Germanic origin; compare Middle Dutch bluyster blister

British Dictionary definitions for blot (2 of 2)

blot2
/ (blɒt) /

noun
backgammon a man exposed by being placed alone on a point and therefore able to be taken by the other player
archaic a weak spot

Word Origin for blot

C16: perhaps from Middle Dutch bloot poor
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