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.

Origin of pockmark

First recorded in 1665–75; pock + mark1
Related formspock·marked, adjective
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Contemporary Examples of pockmarked

Historical Examples of pockmarked

  • Perotti's mistress, pockmarked, but a woman with a fine figure?

    Casanova's Homecoming

    Arthur Schnitzler

  • She tapped her fingers on her cheeks to picture to him the pockmarked face of Vyesovshchikov.


    Maksim Gorky

  • Thanks to Jenner, not a single person in this audience is pockmarked!

  • Pockmarked with craters and seamed with yawning fissures from which dense vapors curled, it was seemingly devoid of habitation.

    Vulcan's Workshop

    Harl Vincent

  • A small man with a pockmarked face, he wore the uniform of an ordinary gendarme and aped that rôle to perfection.

    Aladdin of London

    Sir Max Pemberton

British Dictionary definitions for pockmarked



abounding in pockmarks



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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pockmarked in Medicine




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