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English adjective: motley

1. motley consisting of a haphazard assortment of different kinds


SamplesAn 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.


Synonymsassorted, miscellaneous, mixed, sundry


Similarheterogeneous, heterogenous


Antonymshomogeneous, homogenous

2. motley having sections or patches colored differently and usually brightly


SamplesA jester dressed in motley.
The painted desert.
A particolored dress.
A piebald horse.
Pied daisies.


Synonymscalico, multi-color, multi-colored, multi-colour, multi-coloured, multicolor, multicolored, multicolour, multicoloured, painted, particolored, particoloured, piebald, pied, varicolored, varicoloured


Similarcolored, colorful, coloured


Antonymsuncolored, uncoloured


English noun: motley

1. motley (group) a collection containing a variety of sorts of things


SamplesA great assortment of cars was on display.
He had a variety of disorders.
A veritable smorgasbord of religions.


Synonymsassortment, miscellanea, miscellany, mixed bag, mixture, potpourri, salmagundi, smorgasbord, variety


Broader (hypernym)accumulation, aggregation, assemblage, collection


Narrower (hyponym)alphabet soup, farrago, gallimaufry, grab bag, hodgepodge, hotchpotch, melange, mingle-mangle, mishmash, oddments, odds and ends, omnium-gatherum, ragbag, range, sampler, selection, witch's brew, witches' brew, witches' broth

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


Broader (hypernym)garment


Substance holonymmotley

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


Broader (hypernym)cloth, fabric, material, textile


Substance meronymmotley


English verb: motley

1. motley (change) make something more diverse and varied


SamplesVary the menu.


Synonymsvariegate, vary


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)diversify


Narrower (hyponym)checker, chequer

2. motley (change) make motley; color with different colors


Synonymsparti-color


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)color, color in, colorise, colorize, colour, colour in, colourise, colourize









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