Definition of blotter in US English:



  • 1A sheet or pad of blotting paper inserted into a frame and kept on a desk.

    • ‘He had been trained to put his deliveries on the blotter rather than the highly polished wood of the desk.’
    • ‘I love office supplies; post-its, pens, notebooks, notepads, desk blotters, desks, desk chairs, highlighters… they all call out to me in a strange way.’
    • ‘Ryan puts the paperweight down on his desk blotter, moving his chair closer to put less distance between them.’
    • ‘Use a coordinating paper to line a desk blotter.’
    • ‘The blotter on his desk is covered with sketches of the mysterious creatures Jack sees in his nightmares, there are more photos of family and friends, and a couple of magazines lying about.’
    • ‘Norman scoots behind the desk and glances down at the blotter, shuffling a few papers in his fingers.’
    • ‘Her slender, sure hands are clasped together as they rest on her desk blotter.’
    • ‘He glanced down at the blotter on his desk: there were papers covered with tiny Rris script there.’
    • ‘Ronald clasps his hands together on his desk blotter.’
    • ‘Get out spot, I cry, as I invoke the gods' help in cleaning my blotter.’
    • ‘He drops the envelope on his desk blotter and concentrates on his partner's tense face.’
    • ‘Her hands rest on the desk blotter, folded neatly.’
    • ‘Still smiling, the woman hangs up her phone and taps her desk blotter with her pen.’
    • ‘‘Yeah,’ Claire replied as she slipped his card into the desk blotter, ‘she was.’’
    • ‘He stands up, leaning on his desk blotter, and keeps his voice low as he continues.’
    • ‘Adele flicks her gaze at the letter opener at the edge of her leather desk blotter.’
    • ‘Hampton built his masterpiece from a very select collection of junk, including old furniture, burned-out light bulbs, jelly jars, carpet cylinders, desk blotters, cardboard, and foil.’
    • ‘A blotter, as ubiquitous then as a computer is now, sits on his desk, ready for work.’
    • ‘Everyone stared at the ceiling or doodled on their blotters as Jack outlined his grand plan.’
    • ‘The only fly in the ointment is the project stuff which is so onerous it would ordinarily have had me eating my desk blotter with frustration.’
  • 2North American A temporary recording book, especially a police charge sheet.

    ‘the boys ended up on police blotters for property crimes’
    • ‘Take a look at the police blotters and crime reports in the papers.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, however, he also found himself on police blotters, when allegations of a violent attack on an off-duty police officer and sexual misconduct arose.’
    • ‘Or was there a typo on their police blotter that ended up in making some felon's license plate number the same as mine?’
    • ‘He doesn't show up on the police blotter; he isn't at nightclubs when something bad goes down.’
    • ‘He lives a quiet life off the field, stays away from police blotters, night-club fracases, drugs, and other things that other notorious athletes get drawn to like moths to the bug zapper.’
    • ‘It's about the routine of the police blotter, school board debates over the luncheon menu, the fluctuation of stock prices and all the other routine minutiae of life incur complex society.’
    • ‘All I know is he has never been considered a problem and didn't show up on the police blotter.’
    • ‘Too many athletes step off the football field and onto the police blotter.’
    • ‘When reporters go beyond the police blotter and write longer stories, are they more likely to balance the traditional comments from police with comments from juvenile defendants and outside expert sources?’
    • ‘But I had made the Northfield equivalent of the police blotter.’
    • ‘Then they both laughed before the senator signed the police blotter.’
    • ‘Guilt is less often seen in terms of hormones and more often in terms of morality than in other series, then, indeed, in the world as the police blotter records it.’
    • ‘Our nation's business pages bear a close resemblance to the police blotter, and investor confidence is at an all-time low.’
    • ‘But if you ask the average fan how we spent our summer, the police blotter would define it.’
    • ‘It is tough to determine what exactly it is that has made him successful in his efforts to stay off the police blotter and on the basketball court.’
    • ‘It's not usually a case of wheelchair thieves swiping chairs out from under patients, and the heists seldom show up on police blotters.’
    • ‘He never has shown up on the police blotter, nor did he throw temper tantrums during his year in limbo.’
    • ‘A blotter on the desk, one of those desk diary appointment things?’
    • ‘It has been a rough offseason for the NFL, with many players showing up on the police blotters around the country.’
    • ‘But there are many truly good players who avoid the police blotter, and they're great role models both on and off the playing field.’