splotch

[sploch]

noun

a large, irregular spot; blot; stain; blotch.

verb (used with object)

to mark or cover with splotches.

verb (used without object)

to be susceptible to stains or blots; show or retain stains, blots, or spots of dirt or liquid: Don't buy that tablecloth—the material splotches easily.
to cause or be liable to cause stains, blots, or spots: Be careful of that paint—it splotches.

Nearby words

  1. splitting field,
  2. splodge,
  3. sploosh,
  4. splore,
  5. splosh,
  6. splotchy,
  7. splurge,
  8. splutter,
  9. spluttery,
  10. spm

Origin of splotch

First recorded in 1595–1605; origin uncertain

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British Dictionary definitions for splotch

splotch

noun, verb

the usual US word for splodge
Derived Formssplotchy, adjective

Word Origin for splotch

C17: perhaps a blend of spot + blotch

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Word Origin and History for splotch

splotch

n.

c.1600, perhaps a blend of spot, blot, and/or botch. Related: Splotchy; splotchiness.

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