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adjective, moit·i·er, moit·i·est.
  1. full of moits.
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Also mot·ey [moh-tee] /ˈmoʊ ti/.

Origin of moity

First recorded in 1875–80; moit + -y1


  1. a small particle or speck, especially of dust.
  2. moit.
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Origin of mote1

before 1000; Middle English, Old English mot speck; cognate with Dutch mot grit, sawdust, Norwegian mutt speck
Related formsmote·y, adjective
Can be confusedmoat mote
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British Dictionary definitions for motey


  1. a tiny speck
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Word Origin

Old English mot; compare Middle Dutch mot grit, Norwegian mutt speck


verb past moste (məʊst)
  1. (takes an infinitive without to) archaic may or might
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Word Origin

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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