In this and more important respects I seem to have become, somehow, a motley product of my famously marvelous background.
Five days later, motley paid a visit to him in the prison, offering to become his new lawyer.
The meal is shared by a motley crew of guests depicted as ghoulish men and nude women.
late 14c., "parti-colored" (originally of fabric), from Anglo-French motteley, probably from Old English mot "speck" (see mote). But Klein's sources say probably from Gaulish. "Diversified in color," especially of a fool's dress. Hence, allusively, "a fool" (1600). As a noun meaning "cloth of mixed color" from late 14c.