[ mot-ld ]
/ ˈmɒt ld /


spotted or blotched in coloring.

Nearby words

  1. mott,
  2. mott, lucretia coffin,
  3. motte,
  4. mottelson,
  5. mottle,
  6. mottled enamel,
  7. motto,
  8. mottramite,
  9. motty,
  10. motu

Origin of mottled

First recorded in 1670–80; mottle + -ed2

Related formsun·mot·tled, adjective


[ mot-l ]
/ ˈmɒt l /

verb (used with object), mot·tled, mot·tling.

to mark or diversify with spots or blotches of a different color or shade.


a diversifying spot or blotch of color.
mottled coloring or pattern.

Origin of mottle

First recorded in 1670–80; probably back formation from motley

Related formsmot·tle·ment, nounmot·tler, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for mottled


/ (ˈmɒtəld) /


coloured with streaks or blotches of different shades


/ (ˈmɒtəl) /


(tr) to colour with streaks or blotches of different shades


a mottled appearance, as of the surface of marble
one streak or blotch of colour in a mottled surface

Word Origin for mottle

C17: back formation from motley

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