Definition of blotch in US English:



  • An irregular patch or unsightly mark on a surface, typically the skin.

    ‘red blotches on her face’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The camera panned down to earth, and several large, reddish blotches appeared on the surface as the missiles struck.’
    • ‘His lip was curled in a snarl, and angry blotches of red stained his cheekbones.’
    • ‘Men often seek to have unsightly hair or skin blotches removed.’
    • ‘It is coloured a nondescript grey to brown, with lots of irregular dark blotches.’
    • ‘Sunlight breached the canopy only in patches, golden blotches on the forest floor.’
    • ‘Why do some of my apples have corky, brown blotches on the surface?’
    • ‘By the time I was done, I had ink blotches on my skin, and my hands and wrists were cramped.’
    • ‘Frankie's first indication of the condition was the appearance of red blotches and flaking skin on his chest, forehead and scalp.’
    • ‘I changed into a pair of faded jeans and a dark green tank top with red paint-like blotches on it.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘Infected leaves develop light green blotches on the upper surface.’
    • ‘These coalesce into irregular, large maroon blotches when there's heavy infestation.’
    • ‘Its back is dark with small, irregular, light blotches.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Sure enough I spotted a myriad of white blotches on the tarred surface indicating that this bird may have revenge on her mind.’
    • ‘Solar storms tend to occur near sunspots, cool regions on the sun's surface that appear as dark blotches.’
    patch, smudge, pop, dot, spot, speck, speckle
    rash, blemish, spot, freckle, birthmark, strawberry mark, port wine stain, eruption
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  • Cover with blotches.

    ‘her face was blotched and swollen with crying’
    • ‘I felt heat blotching along my face, noticing that uncomfortable feeling whenever I was around Jon.’
    • ‘Some people can blush and pull it off, but I blotch.’
    • ‘Joan felt her neck beginning to blotch and was grateful for her turtleneck.’
    • ‘I am so afraid that the fabric will streak or blotch!’
    • ‘With fear blotching my heart, I backed away from him and went to my room, to change.’
    • ‘I could actually feel my body prickle, my stomach grow knuckles and my skin start to blotch and swell.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Their regulated breaths became shallow and rapid and wet patches of perspiration started to blotch their chests and their backs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 sputtered, my face blotching with embarrassment.’
    • ‘‘I thought you loved me,’ she whispered, her tears blotching the ink on the paper into little blue snowflakes.’
    • ‘My breathing was shallow and I felt faint as the tears blotched my face.’
    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.