- having spots of a different shade, tone, or color from the background; mottled.
Origin of dappled
- a spot or mottled marking, usually occurring in clusters.
- an animal with a mottled skin or coat.
- dappled; spotted: a dapple horse.
- to mark or become marked with spots.
Origin of dapple
Examples from the Web for dappled
Gin and white vermouth shaken with salted pomegranate syrup, dappled with rosewater.Best Career Arc Ever: From Burlesque To Bartending
September 13, 2014
Up close the color, added by hand after printing, is soft and dappled, and the paper is slightly raised like a new mosquito bite.William Blake's Heavenly Imagination
November 12, 2009
Enron's Ken Lay conducting television interviews, dappled with references to his being the humble son-of-a-pastor."The Blood Sporting of Picking Off CEOs"
October 5, 2008
The dogs had started a dappled deer that bounded 102 away through the forest.Irish Fairy Tales
It was covered in a wrap which had once been white but was now dappled with green.The Green Rust
The grass, dappled with sun and shadow, wore a mantle of flowers.David and the Phoenix
A robin from the dappled warmth of a mossy stone, was regarding them instead.The Patrician
They were as inconspicuous as two deer in the dappled shadow.The Flaming Jewel
Robert W. Chambers
- to mark or become marked with spots or patches of a different colour; mottle
- mottled or spotted markings
- a dappled horse, etc
- marked with dapples or spots
Word Origin and History for dappled
early 15c. (implied in past participle adjective dappled), perhaps from a Scandinavian source akin to Old Norse depill "spot," Norwegian dape "puddle." Perhaps a back-formation from, or merger with, Middle English adjective dapple-gray "apple-gray" (late 14c.), based on resemblance to the markings on an apple (cf. Old Norse apalgrar "dapple-gray"), or, as it was used of gray horses with round blotches, perhaps via resemblance to apples themselves.