1. Usually pockmarks. scars or pits left by a pustule in smallpox or the like.
  2. a small pit or scar: a tabletop full of pockmarks.
verb (used with object)
  1. to mark or scar with or as with pockmarks: gopher holes pockmarking the field.

Origin of pockmark

First recorded in 1665–75; pock + mark1
Related formspock·marked, adjective
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Historical Examples of pock-mark

  • "Never mind how we got in," said Leah, every pock-mark glistening with smiles and tears.

    Ghetto Tragedies

    Israel Zangwill

British Dictionary definitions for pock-mark


  1. Also called: pock a pitted scar left on the skin after the healing of a smallpox or similar pustule
  2. any pitting of a surface that resembles or suggests such scars
  1. (tr) to scar or pit (a surface) with pockmarks
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Word Origin and History for pock-mark

also pockmark, 1670s, from pock (n.) + mark (n.). As a verb from 1756. Related: Pockmarked; pock-marked.

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pock-mark in Medicine


  1. A pitlike scar that is left on the skin by smallpox or another eruptive disease.
Related formspockmarked′ adj.
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