Origin of blot

1275–1325; (noun) Middle English blotte, akin to Old Norse blettr blot, spot, stain; (v.) late Middle English blotten, derivative of the noun
Related formsblot·less, adjectiveblot·ting·ly, adverbblot·ty, adjectiveun·blot·ted, adjective

Synonyms for blot

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Historical Examples of blotting

  • There was paper, there was ink and there was a pen with a new nib in it, and blotting paper!

    The Foolish Lovers

    St. John G. Ervine

  • He put the letter under the blotting paper, and called, "Yes, Gilbert!"

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine

  • Honour demanded that she should be as firm as a rock in blotting Philip from her soul.

    The Manxman

    Hall Caine

  • Should I take to blotting and erasing, there is no knowing when my task would be over.

    In Direst Peril

    David Christie Murray

  • A kind of pall had descended on the landscape, blotting out the sun.

    The Girl on the Boat

    Pelham Grenville Wodehouse

British Dictionary definitions for blotting




a stain or spot of ink, paint, dirt, etc
something that spoils or detracts from the beauty or worth of something
a blemish or stain on one's character or reputation

verb blots, blotting or blotted

(of ink, dye, etc) to form spots or blobs on (a material) or (of a person) to cause such spots or blobs to form on (a material)
blot one's copybook informal to spoil one's reputation by making a mistake, offending against social customs, etc
(intr) to stain or become stained or spotted
(tr) to cause a blemish in or on; disgrace
to soak up (excess ink, etc) by using blotting paper or some other absorbent material
(of blotting paper or some other absorbent material) to absorb (excess ink, etc)
(tr often foll by out)
  1. to darken or hide completely; obscure; obliterate
  2. to destroy; annihilate

Word Origin for blot

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




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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Word Origin and History for blotting

mid-15c., verbal noun from blot (v.). Blotting paper is recorded from 1510s.



late 14c., originally "blemish," perhaps from Old Norse blettr "blot, stain," or from Old French blot, variant of bloc "block," or blestre "blister, lump, clump of earth."



early 15c., "to make blots;" mid-15c. "to blot out, obliterate" (words), from blot (n.). Related: Blotted; blotting.

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blotting in Medicine




The Northern, Southern, or Western blot analyses.
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