Definition of blotch in English:



  • A large irregular patch or unsightly mark on the skin or another surface.

    ‘red blotches on her face’
    • ‘By the time I was done, I had ink blotches on my skin, and my hands and wrists were cramped.’
    • ‘Sunlight breached the canopy only in patches, golden blotches on the forest floor.’
    • ‘It can be recognized as oval to irregular spots or blotches with ash gray centers and the presence of black fungal bodies speckled over the lesion surface.’
    • ‘Sure enough I spotted a myriad of white blotches on the tarred surface indicating that this bird may have revenge on her mind.’
    • ‘It is coloured a nondescript grey to brown, with lots of irregular dark blotches.’
    • ‘I changed into a pair of faded jeans and a dark green tank top with red paint-like blotches on it.’
    • ‘Why do some of my apples have corky, brown blotches on the surface?’
    • ‘Who knew that one day our vain quest for a sunburn would come back to haunt us in the form of panicking every time we see an unfamiliar blotch on our skin?’
    • ‘He could have been lying on his naked belly in the grass by now with the sun painting red blotches on his freckled skin, while little bugs tickled between his toes.’
    • ‘Its back is dark with small, irregular, light blotches.’
    • ‘His lip was curled in a snarl, and angry blotches of red stained his cheekbones.’
    • ‘Skin damage appears as dark blotches or shaded areas.’
    • ‘Her skin had an uncanny translucence relieved by large dark blotches where nurses had tried to find a vein and she had bled under the surface.’
    • ‘In a little time, when the roots of the plant had taken up the moisture, the unsightly blotches began to be extinguished in a living verdure.’
    • ‘These coalesce into irregular, large maroon blotches when there's heavy infestation.’
    • ‘Frankie's first indication of the condition was the appearance of red blotches and flaking skin on his chest, forehead and scalp.’
    • ‘Solar storms tend to occur near sunspots, cool regions on the sun's surface that appear as dark blotches.’
    • ‘Infected leaves develop light green blotches on the upper surface.’
    • ‘Men often seek to have unsightly hair or skin blotches removed.’
    • ‘The camera panned down to earth, and several large, reddish blotches appeared on the surface as the missiles struck.’
    patch, smudge, pop, dot, spot, speck, speckle
    rash, blemish, spot, freckle, birthmark, strawberry mark, port wine stain, eruption
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[with object]
  • Cover with blotches.

    ‘her face was blotched and swollen with crying’
    • ‘Raina opened her eyes, still seeing faint red and black dots blotching her vision.’
    • ‘A red stain spread quickly from one shoulder, blotching the pale yellow blouse she wore.’
    • ‘‘I thought you loved me,’ she whispered, her tears blotching the ink on the paper into little blue snowflakes.’
    • ‘Some people can blush and pull it off, but I blotch.’
    • ‘Their regulated breaths became shallow and rapid and wet patches of perspiration started to blotch their chests and their backs.’
    • ‘I am so afraid that the fabric will streak or blotch!’
    • ‘Joan felt her neck beginning to blotch and was grateful for her turtleneck.’
    • ‘Behind, the glass barrier was a starved looking girl in a dirty purple dress ruined with mascara splatters, black tears blotched her face and her high bun was loose and trailing down in tousled strands.’
    • ‘Neon ooze blotched the frilled fabric and streaked her hair, and blood stained the edges of cuts in the material, though the cuts in the underlying flesh had long since closed.’
    • ‘If you are happier using a liquid liner rather than a pencil, this has a fabulous brush that delivers just the right amount of colour without blotching.’
    • ‘With fear blotching my heart, I backed away from him and went to my room, to change.’
    • ‘I felt heat blotching along my face, noticing that uncomfortable feeling whenever I was around Jon.’
    • ‘My breathing was shallow and I felt faint as the tears blotched my face.’
    • ‘I sputtered, my face blotching with embarrassment.’
    • ‘I could actually feel my body prickle, my stomach grow knuckles and my skin start to blotch and swell.’
    spot, mark, speck, speckle, smudge, smear, streak, blemish, cover with blotches
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Early 17th century (as a verb): partly an alteration of obsolete plotch in the same sense (of unknown origin), influenced by blot; partly a blend of blot and botch.