Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An irregularly shaped spot, stain, or colored area.
  • transitive verb To mark with splotches or a splotch.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To soil with splotches; cause to look splotchy.
  • noun A broad, ill-defined spot; a stain; a daub; a smear.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A spot; a stain; a daub.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun An irregular-shaped spot or stain.
  • verb To mark with splotches.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun an irregularly shaped spot
  • verb blotch or spot

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Perhaps blend of spot, blot and botch.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From a variation of splot ("a spot") (compare blotch, from blot). More at splot.

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