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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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