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spotted

[ spot-id ]SEE DEFINITION OF spotted

Synonyms for spotted

  • blotched
  • dappled
  • dotted
  • flaked
  • flecked
  • freckled
  • motley
  • sprinkled
  • mosaic
  • patchy
  • pied
  • spotty
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SPOTTED

Here were two with wrists and sleeves all spotted with the ruddy grape juice.

It is most like a plucked pullet which has died of the spotted fever.

Frogs the frisky, frogs the spotted, were our comedy that day.

There is blood of mine, sir, Spotted all over the map of Europe.

He would be spotted, branded with the sign of infamy, hunted from the world!

Some damned Mercutian flying patrol had spotted us with their search beam.

It was spotted with green, and had red dots on its square head.

There are two sorts of Starlings in this country; one grey and spotted, and the other black.

The Honourable George was more than spotted—he was splotchy.

Spotted Callas are easily grown from seed if it is sown as soon as ripe.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1200, "moral stain," probably from Old English splott "a spot, blot, patch (of land)" infl. by Middle Dutch spotte "spot, speck." Other cognates are East Frisian spot "speck," North Frisian spot "speck, piece of ground," Old Norse spotti "small piece." It is likely that some of these are borrowed, but the exact evolution now is impossible to trace.

Meaning "speck, stain" is from mid-14c. The sense of "particular place" is from c.1300. Meaning "short interval in a broadcast for an advertisement or announcement" is from 1923. Proceeded by a number (e.g. five-spot) it originally was a term for "prison sentence" of that many years (1901, American English slang). To put (someone) on the spot "place in a difficult situation" is from 1928. Colloquial phrase to hit the spot "satisfy, be what is required" is from 1868. Spot check first attested 1933. Spot on "completely, accurately" is attested from 1920.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR SPOTTED

black

adjectivedirty
  • dingy
  • filthy
  • foul
  • grimy
  • grubby
  • impure
  • nasty
  • soiled
  • sooty
  • spotted
  • squalid
  • stained
  • unclean
  • uncleanly

blotchy

adjectivediscolored in spots

covered

adjectiveplentifully bestrewn
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