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See synonyms for spotted on
  1. marked with or characterized by a spot or spots.

  2. sullied; blemished.

Origin of spotted

Middle English word dating back to 1200–50; see origin at spot, -ed3

Other words from spotted

  • spot·ted·ly, adverb
  • spot·ted·ness, noun

Words Nearby spotted Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use spotted in a sentence

  • Conservative hit man turned liberal media critic David Brock, spotted smoking an e-cigarette in the lobby.

  • The general ensemble of war-paint and spotted ponies was enough for me; I didn't need to be told that it was my move.

    Raw Gold | Bertrand W. Sinclair
  • Quite a shower of shell fell all about us, the Turks having spotted there was some sort of "bloke" on the Rattlesnake.

  • spotted Flycatchers appear, however, to vary in numbers to a certain extent in different years.

  • The worst of it is, we kain't start the ball a-rollin' till we get that girl spotted—that's the hell of it!

    Raw Gold | Bertrand W. Sinclair
  • So they bore spotted Snake away with them in the canoe, while the Dogtown gang shrieked farewells from the old landing.

British Dictionary definitions for spotted


/ (ˈspɒtɪd) /

  1. characterized by spots or marks, esp in having a pattern of spots

  2. stained or blemished; soiled or bespattered

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