Definition of splotch in English:



  • A daub, blot, or smear of something, typically a liquid.

    ‘a splotch of red in a larger area of yellow’
    and → splodge
    • ‘The surface is pitted and covered with splotches of red and white.’
    • ‘My chemise has had a horrible bleach accident and half of the blue squares on it have disappeared under random-sized splotches of white.’
    • ‘Scott had a big splotch of red dye on his forehead and patches of green and purples decorated his cheeks.’
    • ‘Her eyes went wide as she seemed to notice the red splotches on her nightgown.’
    • ‘She looked at his shirt noticing it had a big splotch of her blood on it.’
    • ‘The dark splotches looked now like blood smudged up the wall, and then splatters around the hole and on the floor.’
    • ‘Marie's perfect complexion was stained with red splotches and running kohl.’
    • ‘It was only the size of his palm, and was white with blue splotches on it.’
    • ‘‘Beefman is a very confused guy,’ Irene says, staring at a splotch of spilled soy sauce that has dried to the table.’
    • ‘Brilliant pink and blue splotches of paint punctuate the surface.’
    • ‘In doing so she got a splotch of flour on her forehead.’
    • ‘Picture quality was a little rough, with lots of grain, white splotches, and an occasional vertical line through the screen.’
    • ‘The snow slid from the coat and dropped to the floor in mushy splotches.’
    • ‘Within the modern ice box everything was well organized and not a splotch of food anywhere to be seen.’
    • ‘Tommy pointed out a splotch on Corey's white shirt's collar and I smirked.’
    • ‘Blood splotches began appearing through our pants and socks.’
    • ‘She pulled out a white blouse with brown splotches and speckles on it.’
    • ‘It was covered with red splotches and pictures of her were everywhere.’
    • ‘A large red splotch began to form on his priestly robes.’
    • ‘Large red splotches of blood stained my clothes in numerous places.’
    imperfection, fault, flaw, defect, deformity, discoloration, disfigurement
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[WITH OBJECT]informal
  • Make a daub, blot, or smear on.

    ‘a rag splotched with grease’
    • ‘Tears were splotched on all her homework assignments.’
    • ‘His shirt was ripped and battered, his jeans about the same, with stains splotched all over them.’
    • ‘Her white apron became splotched with mucky water and her hands were red from scrubbing.’
    • ‘‘Then you must be stupid,’ Markus shot back, his cheeks splotched with red heat.’
    • ‘Her lips were cracked and her skin splotched with purple contusions.’
    • ‘As she skimmed over the letter again, she could tell the ink was splotched in places, as if he was crying while he wrote it.’
    • ‘Vanessa flipped another page and noticed tears splotched on this one.’
    • ‘A few fingerprints splotched his face, as if she had made an effort to grab him but failed.’
    • ‘Fiora's face was splotched with angry red spots, but a twinge of hurt somehow found its way into her enraged voice.’
    • ‘Ugly purplish bruises were already splotching her wrist.’
    • ‘Half of the student body's uniforms were ruined, splotched with white from the bleachy water, but there was no way to prove that Michael and Darren had done the crime.’
    • ‘Wooden-slatted ‘windows’ hang on a structure of clear plastic that is splotched with colors; a huge scaffold sits nearby.’
    • ‘Brilliant reds and blues splotched its body and head, with similarly hued bands on its dorsal fins.’
    • ‘But then, even young girls do not fail to recognize a handsome face when they see one - even if it is splotched with black grease.’
    • ‘In the smaller paintings, the images are splotched with red, green, blue or yellow paint.’
    • ‘Sorrowful tears slid down her cheeks and splotched the words of the paper.’
    • ‘The white bun on top of her head was now splotched with black ink.’
    • ‘Paper is splotched with dried tears near the end.’
    irrelevant, inapplicable, inapposite, inappropriate, inapt, immaterial, not to the point, beside the point, off the subject, extraneous, neither here nor there
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Early 17th century: perhaps a blend of spot and obsolete plotch ‘blotch’.