splotch

[ sploch ]
/ splɒtʃ /

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.

Origin of splotch

First recorded in 1595–1605; origin uncertain
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British Dictionary definitions for splotches

splotch

/ (splɒtʃ) /

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 splotches

splotch


n.

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

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