Definition of splotch in US English:

splotch

noun

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

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

[with object]usually be splotched
informal
  • Make a daub, blot, or smear on.

    ‘a rag splotched with grease’
    • ‘Brilliant reds and blues splotched its body and head, with similarly hued bands on its dorsal fins.’
    • ‘Paper is splotched with dried tears near the end.’
    • ‘His shirt was ripped and battered, his jeans about the same, with stains splotched all over them.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Her lips were cracked and her skin splotched with purple contusions.’
    • ‘Wooden-slatted ‘windows’ hang on a structure of clear plastic that is splotched with colors; a huge scaffold sits nearby.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Fiora's face was splotched with angry red spots, but a twinge of hurt somehow found its way into her enraged voice.’
    • ‘In the smaller paintings, the images are splotched with red, green, blue or yellow paint.’
    • ‘A few fingerprints splotched his face, as if she had made an effort to grab him but failed.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The white bun on top of her head was now splotched with black ink.’
    • ‘Ugly purplish bruises were already splotching her wrist.’
    • ‘Vanessa flipped another page and noticed tears splotched on this one.’
    • ‘‘Then you must be stupid,’ Markus shot back, his cheeks splotched with red heat.’
    • ‘Her white apron became splotched with mucky water and her hands were red from scrubbing.’
    • ‘Tears were splotched on all her homework assignments.’
    • ‘Sorrowful tears slid down her cheeks and splotched the words of the paper.’
    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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Origin

Early 17th century: perhaps a blend of spot and obsolete plotch ‘blotch’.

Pronunciation

splotch

/splɑtʃ//spläCH/