mottled

[ mot-ld ]
/ ˈmɒt ld /

adjective

spotted or blotched in coloring.

Words nearby mottled

Origin of mottled

First recorded in 1670–80; mottle + -ed2

OTHER WORDS FROM mottled

un·mot·tled, adjective

Definition for mottled (2 of 2)

mottle
[ 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.

noun

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

Origin of mottle

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

OTHER WORDS FROM mottle

mot·tle·ment, nounmot·tler, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for mottled (1 of 2)

mottled
/ (ˈmɒtəld) /

adjective

coloured with streaks or blotches of different shades

British Dictionary definitions for mottled (2 of 2)

mottle
/ (ˈmɒtəl) /

verb

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

noun

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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