adjective, blotch·i·er, blotch·i·est.

having blotches: a blotchy complexion.
resembling a blotch.

Origin of blotchy

First recorded in 1815–25; blotch + -y1
Related formsblotch·i·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for blotchy

Contemporary Examples of blotchy

Historical Examples of blotchy

  • Their faces were mottled and blotchy and their eyes were rolling beseechingly.

    Larson's Luck

    Gerald Vance

  • He wore a ragged black coat, and he had a blotchy, red face.

    Roderick Hudson

    Henry James

  • His face was red and blotchy, with a network of little purple veins on the cheeks, and his features were sunk into its fatness.

    The Trembling of a Leaf

    William Somerset Maugham

  • He was blotchy and his eyes seemed heavy; moreover, he was without a drink, and I correctly guessed that he had no money.

    The Chequers

    James Runciman

  • By and by appeared the faint lights of the house, with blotchy pallors thinning the mist and darkness.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

British Dictionary definitions for blotchy



covered in or marked by blotches
Derived Formsblotchily, adverbblotchiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for blotchy

1799, from blotch + -y (2). Related: Blotchiness.

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