- full of moits.
Also mot·ey [moh-tee] /ˈmoʊ ti/.
Origin of moity
- a small particle or speck, especially of dust.
Origin of mote1
before 1000; Middle English, Old English mot speck; cognate with Dutch mot grit, sawdust, Norwegian mutt speck
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- a tiny speck
Old English mot; compare Middle Dutch mot grit, Norwegian mutt speck
- (takes an infinitive without to) archaic may or might
Old English mōt, first person singular present tense of mōtan to be allowed
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Word Origin and History for motey
"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.
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