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MOTLEY

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does motley mean? 

MOTLEY (noun)
  The noun MOTLEY has 3 senses:

1. a collection containing a variety of sorts of things
2. a garment made of motley (especially a court jester's costume)
3. a multicolored woolen fabric woven of mixed threads in 14th to 17th century England

  Familiarity information: MOTLEY used as a noun is uncommon.


MOTLEY (adjective)
  The adjective MOTLEY has 2 senses:

1. consisting of a haphazard assortment of different kinds (even to the point of incongruity)
2. having sections or patches colored differently and usually brightly

  Familiarity information: MOTLEY used as an adjective is rare.


MOTLEY (verb)
  The verb MOTLEY has 2 senses:

1. make something more diverse and varied
2. make motley; color with different colors

  Familiarity information: MOTLEY used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


MOTLEY (noun)


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Meaning:

A collection containing a variety of sorts of things

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Synonyms:

salmagundi; potpourri; motley; variety; mixed bag; miscellany; miscellanea; assortment; smorgasbord; mixture

Context examples:

a great assortment of cars was on display / he had a variety of disorders / a veritable smorgasbord of religions

Hypernyms ("motley" is a kind of...):

accumulation; aggregation; assemblage; collection (several things grouped together or considered as a whole)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "motley"):

grab bag (an assortment of miscellaneous items)

witch's brew; witches' brew; witches' broth (a fearsome mixture)

range (a variety of different things or activities)

selection (an assortment of things from which a choice can be made)

farrago; gallimaufry; hodgepodge; hotchpotch; melange; mingle-mangle; mishmash; oddments; odds and ends; omnium-gatherum; ragbag (a motley assortment of things)

alphabet soup (a confusing assortment)

sampler (an assortment of various samples)


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Meaning:

A garment made of motley (especially a court jester's costume)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("motley" is a kind of...):

garment (an article of clothing)

Meronyms (substance of "motley"):

motley (a multicolored woolen fabric woven of mixed threads in 14th to 17th century England)


Sense 3motley [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A multicolored woolen fabric woven of mixed threads in 14th to 17th century England

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("motley" is a kind of...):

cloth; fabric; material; textile (artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers)

Holonyms ("motley" is a substance of...):

motley (a garment made of motley (especially a court jester's costume))


MOTLEY (adjective)


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Meaning:

Consisting of a haphazard assortment of different kinds (even to the point of incongruity)

Synonyms:

assorted; motley; sundry; miscellaneous; mixed

Context examples:

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

Similar:

heterogeneous; heterogenous (consisting of elements that are not of the same kind or nature)


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Meaning:

Having sections or patches colored differently and usually brightly

Synonyms:

multicolour; multicoloured; particolored; particoloured; piebald; pied; multicolored; multicolor; multi-coloured; multi-colour; multi-colored; multi-color; varicoloured; varicolored; calico; motley; painted

Context examples:

a jester dressed in motley / the painted desert / a particolored dress / a piebald horse / pied daisies

Similar:

colored; colorful; coloured (having color or a certain color; sometimes used in combination)


MOTLEY (verb)


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Meaning:

Make something more diverse and varied

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

motley; variegate; vary

Context example:

Vary the menu

Hypernyms (to "motley" is one way to...):

diversify (make (more) diverse)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "motley"):

checker; chequer (variegate with different colors, shades, or patterns)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 2motley [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make motley; color with different colors

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

parti-color; motley

Hypernyms (to "motley" is one way to...):

color; color in; colorise; colorize; colour; colour in; colourise; colourize (add color to)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


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