Definition of pockmark in US English:

pockmark

noun

  • 1A pitted scar or mark on the skin left by a pustule or pimple.

    • ‘On his chin was an enormous pockmark, and surprisingly, a well-trimmed beard.’
    • ‘His wrinkly old skin held pockmarks and warts and scabs, and he had a large crooked nose.’
    • ‘A shy, quiet laugh from Werner, his thin face with its pockmarks suffused by the joy that love gives.’
    • ‘The actress has had a terrible acne problem since high school; her cheeks and forehead are littered with unfortunate pockmarks.’
    • ‘His face was pitted with pockmarks.’
    • ‘In an attempt to look enthusiastic, he smiled, but only managed to accentuate his lined face with its moonscape of pockmarks.’
    • ‘I scrutinized the telltale pockmarks decorating his body.’
    • ‘They reported bodies everywhere, in the water and on the rocks, in caves and at abandoned campsites, the survivors disfigured by ugly pockmarks.’
    • ‘A murderer was described as a black man with dark skin, an Afro haircut, moustache, and pockmarks.’
    • ‘Frequently covered in zits, freckles and pockmarks, his character's faces are detailed in their expressiveness without being overly polished.’
    • ‘For years, he was known as rugged looking and photogenic, but in the course of the campaign he was struck by a severe internal illness that also appeared as discoloration, pockmarks and partial paralysis in his face.’
    • ‘Scabs, blemishes, and pockmarks pervaded the rest of his face.’
    • ‘‘Even without scratching spots on the face can leave the familiar pockmark scars,’ she said.’
    pimple, pustule, blemish, blackhead, boil, swelling, eruption, wen, sty
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    1. 1.1 A scar, mark, or pitted area disfiguring a surface.
      • ‘Buildings still exhibited pockmarks from shelling during the war.’
      • ‘You are stepping on a ‘war map’ made from bullet tracings and pockmarks that still exist on some buildings.’
      • ‘I'm talking about wear and tear - just faint pockmarks - within the track area.’
      • ‘There were shrapnel pockmarks from bow to stern, and the main living area was just one enormous cavity of burnt wood, twisted metal and torn cables.’
      • ‘Sizzling chunks of shrapnel tore through plaster facades, leaving pockmarks on the interior wall.’
      • ‘Numerous adventurers tried to break it open by taking pot shots at it, leaving nothing but pockmarks on what's actually solid stone.’
      • ‘She quietly reads a book, oblivious to the great pockmarks of peeling paint and disintegrating plaster of the moldy wall behind her.’
      • ‘The surface was covered with the tiny pockmarks of meteor strikes.’
      • ‘Such graffiti on a building or work of art would be considered a shame; to adorn these beautiful brown heavenly forms with such pockmarks is sinful and should be publicly discouraged.’
      scar, pit, pock, pitted scar, mark, blemish
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verb

[with object]usually be pockmarked
  • Cover or disfigure with pockmarks.

    ‘the area is pockmarked by gravel pits’
    ‘a pockmarked face’
    • ‘Centuries-old valley oaks are pockmarked with holes made by acorn woodpeckers, who stash acorns by the thousands in the bark.’
    • ‘Male prisoners entering the Old Fort passed through an entrance tunnel; the walls are pockmarked with gunholes, in case the fort was ever attacked.’
    • ‘The walls of his house were pockmarked by coalition fire.’
    • ‘Several more shots rang out, pockmarking the hood of the car.’
    • ‘It used the full width of the spire to house the eagles and the ceiling was pockmarked with holed through which the birds entered.’
    • ‘The buildings' wall was pockmarked with bullet holes.’
    • ‘Now his complexion is pockmarked and a sickly green.’
    • ‘Inside her flat the carpet was covered in broken glass and plaster, the walls pockmarked by bullets and shrapnel.’
    • ‘Known for his ruggedly handsome, almost movie star looks, his skin now is severely pockmarked.’
    • ‘He had a sallow pockmarked complexion with little sinister eyes.’
    • ‘The battlefield is still pockmarked with shell craters’
    • ‘Nearby buildings were pockmarked by shrapnel.’
    • ‘I'm not certain, but I think Jeannie's face may have been pockmarked in places.’
    • ‘Even the golf course is pockmarked with holes with steam coming out.’
    • ‘Her next correspondent is white, pockmarked, with a pony tail.’
    • ‘Today, buildings within 200 yards of the ornate, gold-domed structures are pockmarked with bullet holes.’
    • ‘The highway leading to the hospital and the trade fair was pockmarked with craters caused by the attack.’
    • ‘All the buildings are pockmarked and streaked with dust.’
    • ‘Where once there were thriving communities with neat rows of terraced houses there are now large, soulless sink estates pockmarked with yuppie designer nightmares thrown up in the eighties.’
    • ‘With abandoned ruins pockmarking the countryside, he was able to collect the building material at no cost.’
    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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Pronunciation

pockmark

/ˈpäkˌmärk//ˈpɑkˌmɑrk/