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motley (adj.)

late 14c., "parti-colored, variegated in color" (originally of fabric), from Anglo-French motteley, a word of unknown origin, perhaps [OED] based on Old English mot "speck" or a cognate Germanic word (see mote). But Klein's sources say probably from Gaulish. Century Dictionary rejects both. "Diversified in color," especially of a fool's dress. Hence, allusively, "a fool" (1600). As a noun meaning "cloth of contrasting mixed color" from late 14c.

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Definitions of motley
1
motley (n.)
a collection containing a variety of sorts of things;
Synonyms: assortment / mixture / mixed bag / miscellany / miscellanea / variety / salmagundi / smorgasbord / potpourri
motley (n.)
a garment made of motley (especially a court jester's costume);
motley (n.)
a multicolored woolen fabric woven of mixed threads in 14th to 17th century England;
2
motley (v.)
make something more diverse and varied;
Synonyms: vary / variegate
motley (v.)
make motley; color with different colors;
Synonyms: parti-color
3
motley (adj.)
consisting of a haphazard assortment of different kinds; "sundry sciences commonly known as social"- I.A.Richards;
a motley crew
motley (adj.)
having sections or patches colored differently and usually brightly;
a jester dressed in motley
Synonyms: calico / multicolor / multi-color / multicolour / multi-colour / multicolored / multi-colored / multicoloured / multi-coloured / painted / particolored / particoloured / piebald / pied / varicolored / varicoloured
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