Usually pockmarks. scars or pits left by a pustule in smallpox or the like.
a small pit or scar: a tabletop full of pockmarks.

verb (used with object)

to mark or scar with or as with pockmarks: gopher holes pockmarking the field.

Nearby words

  1. pocketed calculus,
  2. pocketful,
  3. pocketing,
  4. pocketknife,
  5. pockies,
  6. pockmarked,
  7. pocky,
  8. poco,
  9. poco a poco,
  10. pococurante

Origin of pockmark

First recorded in 1665–75; pock + mark1

Related formspock·marked, adjective

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Examples from the Web for pockmark

  • Great sink holes, some of them six hundred feet deep and more, pockmark the surface of the land.

    The Elements of Geology|William Harmon Norton

British Dictionary definitions for pockmark



Also called: pock a pitted scar left on the skin after the healing of a smallpox or similar pustule
any pitting of a surface that resembles or suggests such scars


(tr) to scar or pit (a surface) with pockmarks
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Medicine definitions for pockmark




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

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