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Meaning of MOTLEY

Pronunciation:  'mâtlee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a multicolored woolen fabric woven of mixed threads in 14th to 17th century England
  2. [n]  a garment made of motley (especially a court jester's costume)
  3. [n]  a collection containing a variety of sorts of things; "a great assortment of cars was on display"; "he had a variety of disorders"
  4. [adj]  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"
  5. [adj]  consisting of a haphazard assortment of different kinds (even to the point of incongruity); "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
  6. [v]  make motley; color with different colors
  7. [v]  make something more diverse and varied; "Vary the menu"

MOTLEY is a 6 letter word that starts with M.


 Synonyms: assorted, assortment, colored, colorful, coloured, heterogeneous, heterogenous, in color(p), miscellanea, miscellaneous, miscellany, mixed, mixed bag, mixture, multicolor, multicolored, multicolour, multicoloured, painted, parti-color, particolored, particoloured, piebald, pied, potpourri, salmagundi, sundry(a), varicolored, varicoloured, variegate, variety, vary
 See Also: accumulation, aggregation, assemblage, checker, chequer, cloth, collection, color, color in, colorise, colorize, colour, colour in, colourise, colourize, diversify, fabric, farrago, garment, hodgepodge, hotchpotch, material, melange, mingle-mangle, mishmash, motley, oddments, odds and ends, omnium-gatherum, ragbag, range, sampler, selection, textile



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Mot"ley\, a. [OE. mottelee, motle; cf. OF. mattel['e]
    clotted, curdled, OF, ciel mattonn['e] a mottled sky, mate,
    maton, curdled milk, Prov. G. matte curd. Cf. {Mottle}.]
    1. Variegated in color; consisting of different colors;
       dappled; party-colored; as, a motley coat.
    2. Wearing motley or party-colored clothing. See {Motley},
       n., 1. ``A motley fool.'' --Shak.
    3. Composed of different or various parts; heterogeneously
       made or mixed up; discordantly composite; as, motley
       style. --Byron.
  2. \Mot"ley\, n.
    1. A combination of distinct colors; esp., the party-colored
       cloth, or clothing, worn by the professional fool.
       --Chaucer. ``Motley 's the only wear.'' --Shak.
    2. Hence, a jester, a fool. [Obs.] --Shak.
    {Man of motley}, a fool. [Obs.] --Beau. & Fl.
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