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[sploch] /splɒtʃ/
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.
1595-1605; origin uncertain Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Examples from the web for splotches
  • The panel is simple in design with organic free-form splotches of bright colors appliqued onto a white background.
  • There were two green splotches neatly capping his white ducks.
  • Their base color, however, can also be greenish or gray and their markings can be yellow dots or brown splotches.
  • They are only visible when billions of them form algal blooms, and appear as green or blue splotches in the ocean.
  • Such claims are often accompanied by a pretty silhouette of a skull, highlighted with splotches of primary color.
  • Sorry about the big white splotches, you might want to get rid of them.
  • When an insect ambles down the track, little splotches of white light thus appear around its feet.
  • Ice crystals in the air create various kinds of rings and splotches of light, such as sun dogs.
  • The fungus appears as fuzzy white or gray splotches that may cover the leaves and make them twist, curl and drop.
  • ON the cubicle wall, there is a watercolor, dense with splotches of moody colors.
British Dictionary definitions for splotches


noun, verb
the usual US word for splodge
Derived Forms
splotchy, adjective
Word Origin
C17: perhaps a blend of spot + blotch
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for splotches



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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