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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
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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.
Raoul climbed the grand staircase at five minutes to twelve, did not linger to look at the motley dresses displayed all the way up the marble steps, one of the richest settings in the world, allowed no facetious mask to draw him into a war of wits, replied to no jests and shook off the bold familiarity of a number of couples who had already become a trifle too gay.
On they came, a motley array, "some in rags, some on nags, and some in velvet gowns.
It has pitilessly torn asunder the motley feudal ties that bound man to his "natural superiors," and has left remaining no other nexus between man and man than naked self-interest, than callous "cash payment.
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.
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Passepartout wandered for several hours in the midst of this motley crowd, looking in at the windows of the rich and curious shops, the jewellery establishments glittering with quaint Japanese ornaments, the restaurants decked with streamers and banners, the tea-houses, where the odorous beverage was being drunk with saki, a liquor concocted from the fermentation of rice, and the comfortable smoking-houses, where they were puffing, not opium, which is almost unknown in Japan, but a very fine, stringy tobacco.
Ethan Crawford's guests were of such a motley description as to form quite a picturesque group, seldom seen together except at some place like this, at once the pleasure house of fashionable tourists and the homely inn of country travellers.