- a small particle or speck, especially of dust.
Origin of mote1
- may or might.
Origin of mote2
Examples from the Web for mote
His father was one whom a mote in his brother's eye repelled.Wilfrid Cumbermede
I suggest that the beam in our eye is simply our unloving reaction to the other man's mote.The Calvary Road
"There's a mote in't," quo' the man when he swallowed the dishclout.The Proverbs of Scotland
When only apparently a mote is found, it is exaggerated to a very great beam.Epistle Sermons, Vol. II
At that time Ruth had been less than a mote 28 in the eye of Uncle Jabez.Ruth Fielding on the St. Lawrence
Alice B. Emerson
- a tiny speck
- (takes an infinitive without to) archaic may or might
Word Origin and History for mote
"particle of dust," Old English mot, of unknown origin; perhaps related to Dutch mot "dust from turf, sawdust, grit," Norwegian mutt "speck, mote, splinter, chip." Many references are to Matt. vii:3.