motley

[ mot-lee ]
/ ˈmɒt li /

adjective

noun, plural mot·leys.

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Origin of motley

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at mote1, -ly

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Motley
[ mot-lee ]
/ ˈmɒt li /

noun

John Lo·throp [loh-thruh p] /ˈloʊ θrəp/,1814–77, U.S. historian and diplomat.
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British Dictionary definitions for motley

motley
/ (ˈmɒtlɪ) /

adjective

made up of elements of varying type, quality, etc
multicoloured

noun

a motley collection or mixture
the particoloured attire of a jester
obsolete a jester

Word Origin for motley

C14: perhaps from mot speck, mote 1
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