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mot·ley

 (mŏt′lē)
adj.
1. Having elements of great variety or incongruity; heterogeneous: a motley collection of students at the coffee shop.
2. Having many colors; variegated; parti-colored: a motley tunic.
n. pl. mot·leys
1. The parti-colored attire of a court jester.
2. A heterogeneous, often incongruous mixture of elements.

[Middle English motlei, variegated cloth, variegated, probably from Anglo-Norman, probably from Middle English mot, speck; see mote1.]

motley

(ˈmɒtlɪ)
adj
1. made up of elements of varying type, quality, etc
2. (Colours) multicoloured
n
3. a motley collection or mixture
4. (Clothing & Fashion) the particoloured attire of a jester
5. (Theatre) obsolete a jester
[C14: perhaps from mot speck, mote1]

mot•ley

(ˈmɒt li)

adj., n., pl. -leys. adj.
1. exhibiting great diversity of elements; heterogeneous.
2. being of different colors combined; parti-colored.
3. wearing a parti-colored garment: a motley fool.
n.
4. a combination of different colors.
5. the parti-colored garment of a jester.
6. a heterogeneous assemblage.
[1350–1400; Middle English; orig. obscure]

Mot•ley

(ˈmɒt li)

n.
John Lothrop, 1814–77, U.S. historian.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.motley - a collection containing a variety of sorts of thingsmotley - a collection containing a variety of sorts of things; "a great assortment of cars was on display"; "he had a variety of disorders"; "a veritable smorgasbord of religions"
aggregation, collection, accumulation, assemblage - several things grouped together or considered as a whole
grab bag - an assortment of miscellaneous items
witches' brew, witches' broth, witch's brew - a fearsome mixture; "a witches' brew of gangsters and terrorists"; "mixing dope and alcohol creates a witches' brew"
range - a variety of different things or activities; "he answered a range of questions"; "he was impressed by the range and diversity of the collection"
selection - an assortment of things from which a choice can be made; "the store carried a large selection of shoes"
alphabet soup - a confusing assortment; "Roosevelt created an alphabet soup of federal agencies"
sampler - an assortment of various samples; "a candy sampler"; "a sampler of French poets"
2.motley - a garment made of motley (especially a court jester's costume)
garment - an article of clothing; "garments of the finest silk"
motley - a multicolored woolen fabric woven of mixed threads in 14th to 17th century England
3.motley - a multicolored woolen fabric woven of mixed threads in 14th to 17th century England
cloth, fabric, textile, material - artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers; "the fabric in the curtains was light and semitransparent"; "woven cloth originated in Mesopotamia around 5000 BC"; "she measured off enough material for a dress"
motley - a garment made of motley (especially a court jester's costume)
Verb1.motley - make something more diverse and variedmotley - make something more diverse and varied; "Vary the menu"
diversify - make (more) diverse; "diversify a course of study"
checker, chequer - variegate with different colors, shades, or patterns
2.motley - make motley; color with different colors
color, color in, colorise, colorize, colour in, colourise, colourize, colour - add color to; "The child colored the drawings"; "Fall colored the trees"; "colorize black and white film"
Adj.1.motley - consisting of a haphazard assortment of different kinds; "an arrangement of assorted spring flowers"; "assorted sizes"; "miscellaneous accessories"; "a mixed program of baroque and contemporary music"; "a motley crew"; "sundry sciences commonly known as social"- I.A.Richards
heterogeneous, heterogenous - consisting of elements that are not of the same kind or nature; "the population of the United States is vast and heterogeneous"
2.motley - having sections or patches colored differently and usually brightlymotley - having sections or patches colored differently and usually brightly; "a jester dressed in motley"; "the painted desert"; "a particolored dress"; "a piebald horse"; "pied daisies"
colored, coloured, colorful - having color or a certain color; sometimes used in combination; "colored crepe paper"; "the film was in color"; "amber-colored heads of grain"

motley

motley

adjective
Translations

motley

[ˈmɒtlɪ]
A. ADJ (= many-coloured) → multicolor, abigarrado; (= ill-assorted) [collection, bunch] → variopinto
they were a motley crewera una pandilla de lo más variopinto
B. Nbotarga f, traje m de colores

motley

[ˈmɒtli] adj [collection] → hétéroclite motley crewmotley crew n (= odd assortment) [people] a motley crew → une drôle de bande
a motley crew of drifters → une bande de paumés en tout genre

motley

adjkunterbunt; (= varied also)bunt (gemischt); (= multicoloured also)bunt (gescheckt)
nNarrenkostüm or -kleid nt; on with the motley!lache, Bajazzo!

motley

[ˈmɒtlɪ] adj (many-coloured) → variopinto/a; (mixed) → eterogeneo/a, molto vario/a
a motley crew → una banda eterogenea
References in classic literature ?
That motley drama - oh, be sure It shall not be forgot
utterances, the absurdity being attested by his motley costume.
For though the harpooneers, with the great body of the crew, were a far more barbaric, heathenish, and motley set than any of the tame merchant-ship companies which my previous experiences had made me acquainted with, still I ascribed this --and rightly ascribed it --to the fierce uniqueness of the very nature of that wild Scandinavian vocation in which I had so abandonedly embarked.
The other occupants of the room, five in number, were all females, and they were still sleeping, piled high with a motley array of silks and furs.
Among the motley Visitors to the winter quarters of Captain Bonneville was a party of Pends Oreilles (or Hanging-ears) and their chief.
From all these countries the young girl had brought back fragments of queer jargons, songs, and strange ideas, which made her language as motley as her costume, half Parisian, half African.
Such were some of the motley populace of the wilderness, incident to the fur trade, who were gradually attracted to the new settlement of Astoria.
On one small table tea things and supper dishes stood in disorder, and in the middle of the night a motley throng of people sat there, not merrymaking, but somberly whispering, and betraying by every word and movement that they none of them forgot what was happening and what was about to happen in the bedroom.
The consequence was, that after a flying transit through part of France and part of Italy, I came back nearly as ignorant as I went, having made no acquaintance with persons and manners, and very little with things, my head swarming with a motley confusion of objects and scenes; some, it is true, leaving a deeper and more pleasing impression than others, but these embittered by the recollection that my emotions had not been shared by my companion, but that, on the contrary, when I had expressed a particular interest in anything that I saw or desired to see, it had been displeasing to him, inasmuch as it proved that I could take delight in anything disconnected with himself.
They were jumbled together in a most unsightly fashion, in the middle of the road; to the great obstruction of the thoroughfare and the annoyance of passengers, who were fain to make their way, as they best could, among carts, baskets, barrows, trucks, casks, bulks, and benches, and to jostle with porters, hucksters, waggoners, and a motley crowd of buyers, sellers, pick- pockets, vagrants, and idlers.
And what motley variety of subjects a couple of people will casually rake over in the course of a day's tramp
answered the Jester; ``a broadcloth penitent should have a sackcloth confessor, and your frock may absolve my motley doublet into the bargain.