Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Financial, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to mottle: quantum mottle
tr.v. mot·tled, mot·tling, mot·tles
To mark with spots or blotches of different shades or colors.
1. A spot or blotch of color.
2. A variegated pattern, as on marble.
[Probably back-formation from motley.]
(Art Terms) (tr) to colour with streaks or blotches of different shades
1. (Art Terms) a mottled appearance, as of the surface of marble
2. (Art Terms) one streak or blotch of colour in a mottled surface
[C17: back formation from motley]
v. -tled, -tling,
1. to mark with spots or blotches of different colors or shades.n.
2. such a spot or blotch of color.
3. mottled coloring or pattern.
[1670–80; probably from motley]
Past participle: mottled
Switch to new thesaurus
|Noun||1.||mottle - an irregular arrangement of patches of color; "it was not dull grey as distance had suggested, but a mottle of khaki and black and olive-green"|
|Verb||1.||mottle - mark with spots or blotches of different color or shades of color as if stained|
|2.||mottle - colour with streaks or blotches of different shades|
spot - mark with a spot or spots so as to allow easy recognition; "spot the areas that one should clearly identify"
harlequin - variegate with spots or marks; "His face was harlequined with patches"