Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Blotch \Blotch\, n. [Cf. OE. blacche in blacchepot blacking pot, akin to black, as bleach is akin to bleak. See Black, a., or cf. Blot a spot.]
A blot or spot, as of color or of ink; especially a large or irregular spot. Also Fig.; as, a moral blotch.
Spots and blotches . . . some red, others yellow.
(Med.) A large pustule, or a coarse eruption.
Foul scurf and blotches him defile.
n. 1 An uneven patch of color or discoloration. 2 An irregularly shaped spot. vb. (context transitive English) To mark with blotches.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
c.1600, perhaps a blend of blot and botch or patch.
Usage examples of "blotch".
He stared out frantically at the earth beneath, glimpsing a blotch of white in a savannah off to his right and in the same instant recognizing another airtruck banking beside him, the insignia of his own Irmandades bright on its side.
I pointed to some red blotches around the nipples, crotch, thighs and buttocks.
The lizard is speckled with orange-red and yellow blotches, so perfectly camouflaged it is like picking a face out in a picture puzzle to see him.
The Red Hots bring you out in red blotches and dots, squirming around on your red-hot ass, itching to pop, and you can top it with a Red Pop.
A red silk curtain scented with rose oil, musk, sperm, rectal mucus, ozone and raw meat goes up on a hospital ward of boys covered with phosphorescent red blotches that glow and steam the fever smell off them, shuddering, squirming, shivering, eyes burning, legs up, teeth bare, whispering the ancient evil fever words.
Jerry live onstage, naked with his hands tied, face and body covered with red blotches, a baneful red glow behind him.
The landscape had showed crimson and gray on the ground-screen, the woods mottled, the hills had been blotches and black holes.
Drifts of mist obscured it, and there were formless dark patches and pale blotches upon the night, and here and there a brook crawled across the blackness.
Dark blotches against the ice suggested the location of the waiting Tran.
Splashes and blotches of blood were on their white skin, on the bed-clothes, on the floor, and on an ivory Christ which hung in the alcove.
The species of shroud that was wrapped around him had fallen below his loins, and his shoulders and chest and lean arms were hidden under blotches of scaly pustules.
Two china spaniels with liver-coloured blotches on their coats and black noses sit on either side of the fireplace.
An ancient road ran close to the edge of the cliff, its flat pavement, splashed with the yellow and gray blotches of lichens , so wide that twenty men could have ridden abreast along it.
The beams looked solid enough, but it was easy to see where fresh paint had been applied to conceal the tell-tale blotches of softening decay.
An ancient road ran close to the edge of the cliff, its flat pavement, splashed with the yellow and gray blotches of lichens, so wide that twenty men could have ridden abreast along it.