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Meaning & Definition of Motley in English

English

Motley

/mɑtli/

noun

1. 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"
    synonym:
  • assortment
  • ,
  • mixture
  • ,
  • mixed bag
  • ,
  • miscellany
  • ,
  • miscellanea
  • ,
  • variety
  • ,
  • salmagundi
  • ,
  • smorgasbord
  • ,
  • potpourri
  • ,
  • motley

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

    synonym:
  • motley

3. A multicolored woolen fabric woven of mixed threads in 14th to 17th century england

    synonym:
  • motley

verb

1. Make something more diverse and varied

  • "Vary the menu"
    synonym:
  • vary
  • ,
  • variegate
  • ,
  • motley

2. Make motley

  • Color with different colors
    synonym:
  • motley
  • ,
  • parti-color

adjective

1. 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
    synonym:
  • assorted
  • ,
  • miscellaneous
  • ,
  • mixed
  • ,
  • motley
  • ,
  • sundry(a)

2. 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"
    synonym:
  • motley
  • ,
  • calico
  • ,
  • multicolor
  • ,
  • multi-color
  • ,
  • multicolour
  • ,
  • multi-colour
  • ,
  • multicolored
  • ,
  • multi-colored
  • ,
  • multicoloured
  • ,
  • multi-coloured
  • ,
  • painted
  • ,
  • particolored
  • ,
  • particoloured
  • ,
  • piebald
  • ,
  • pied
  • ,
  • varicolored
  • ,
  • varicoloured

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They're a motley crew.