moity

[moi-tee]
Also mot·ey [moh-tee] /ˈmoʊ ti/.

Origin of moity

First recorded in 1875–80; moit + -y1

mote

1
[moht]
noun
  1. a small particle or speck, especially of dust.
  2. moit.

Origin of mote

1
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

mote

1
noun
  1. a tiny speck

Word Origin for mote

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

mote

2
verb past moste (məʊst)
  1. (takes an infinitive without to) archaic may or might

Word Origin for mote

Old English mōt, first person singular present tense of mōtan to be allowed
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Word Origin and History for motey

mote

n.

"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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