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Definition of motley (noun)
- a collection containing a variety of sorts of things
- "a great assortment of cars was on display"; "he had a variety of disorders"; "a veritable smorgasbord of religions"
- synonyms: assortment, miscellanea, miscellany, mixed bag, mixture, potpourri, salmagundi, smorgasbord, variety
- a garment made of motley (especially a court jester's costume)
- a multicolored woolen fabric woven of mixed threads in 14th to 17th century England
Definition of motley (verb)
- make something more diverse and varied
- make motley; color with different colors
- synonyms: parti-color
Definition of motley (adjective)
- consisting of a haphazard assortment of different kinds
- "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
- synonyms: assorted, miscellaneous, mixed, sundry
- 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"
- synonyms: calico, multicolor, multi-color, multicolored, multi-colored, multicolour, multi-colour, multicoloured, multi-coloured, painted, particolored, particoloured, piebald, pied, varicolored, varicoloured
Source: Princeton University Wordnet