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NOUN (3)

1. a collection containing a variety of sorts of things;
- Example: "a great assortment of cars was on display"
- Example: "he had a variety of disorders"
- Example: "a veritable smorgasbord of religions"
[syn: assortment, mixture, mixed bag, miscellany, miscellanea, variety, salmagundi, smorgasbord, potpourri, motley]

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;


VERB (2)

1. make something more diverse and varied;
- Example: "Vary the menu"
[syn: vary, variegate, motley]

2. make motley; color with different colors;
[syn: motley, parti-color]


ADJECTIVE (2)

1. consisting of a haphazard assortment of different kinds;
- Example: "an arrangement of assorted spring flowers"
- Example: "assorted sizes"
- Example: "miscellaneous accessories"
- Example: "a mixed program of baroque and contemporary music"
- Example: "a motley crew"
- Example: "sundry sciences commonly known as social"- I.A.Richards
[syn: assorted, miscellaneous, mixed, motley, sundry(a)]

2. having sections or patches colored differently and usually brightly;
- Example: "a jester dressed in motley"
- Example: "the painted desert"
- Example: "a particolored dress"
- Example: "a piebald horse"
- Example: "pied daisies"
[syn: 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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6 definitions retrieved:

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Motley \Mot"ley\, a. [OE. mottelee, motle; cf. OF. mattel['e] clotted, curdled, OF, ciel mattonn['e] a mottled sky, mate, maton, curdled milk, Prov. G. matte curd. Cf. Mottle.] 1. Variegated in color; consisting of different colors; dappled; party-colored; as, a motley coat. [1913 Webster] 2. Wearing motley or party-colored clothing. See Motley, n., 1. "A motley fool." --Shak. [1913 Webster] 3. Composed of different or various parts; heterogeneously made or mixed up; discordantly composite; as, motley style. --Byron. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Motley \Mot"ley\, n. 1. A combination of distinct colors; esp., the party-colored cloth, or clothing, worn by the professional fool. --Chaucer. "Motley 's the only wear." --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. Hence, a jester, a fool. [Obs.] --Shak. [1913 Webster] Man of motley, a fool. [Obs.] --Beau. & Fl. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

motley adj 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 [syn: 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" [syn: motley, calico, multicolor, multi-color, multicolour, multi-colour, multicolored, multi- colored, multicoloured, multi-coloured, painted, particolored, particoloured, piebald, pied, varicolored, varicoloured] n 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" [syn: assortment, mixture, mixed bag, miscellany, miscellanea, variety, salmagundi, smorgasbord, potpourri, motley] 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 v 1: make something more diverse and varied; "Vary the menu" [syn: vary, variegate, motley] 2: make motley; color with different colors [syn: motley, parti-color]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

265 Moby Thesaurus words for "motley": Columbine, Hanswurst, Harlequin, Pantalone, Pantaloon, Polichinelle, Pulcinella, Punch, Punchinello, Scaramouch, amalgamated, ambiguous, ambivalent, amphibious, assorted, assortment, at odds, at variance, ballet skirt, band, bar, bespangle, bespeckle, bespot, bicolor, bicolored, bladder, blended, blotch, buffo, buffoon, buskin, calico, cap and bells, capricious, changeable, changing, check, checker, choppy, chromatic, clouded, clown, cold, colluvies, colorful, colorific, coloring, colory, combined, complex, composite, compound, compounded, conglomerate, contrary, contrasted, contrasting, cool, costume, coxcomb, crazy, daedal, dapple, dappled, departing, deviating, deviative, deviatory, dichromatic, different, differentiated, differing, disaccordant, disagreeing, discolor, discordant, discrepant, discrete, discriminated, disguise, disjoined, disorderly, disparate, dissimilar, dissonant, distinct, distinguished, divaricate, divergent, diverging, divers, divers-colored, diverse, diversified, diversiform, dot, eclectic, equivocal, erose, erratic, fifty-fifty, flake, fleck, fool, freckle, gallimaufry, getup, glowing, half-and-half, harlequin, harmonious, heterogeneous, hodgepodge, idiot, impulsive, in disagreement, inaccordant, incompatible, incongruous, inconsistent, inconsonant, inconstant, indiscriminate, inharmonious, intricate, iris, ironic, irreconcilable, irregular, jack-pudding, jagged, jerky, jester, jumble, jumbled, kaleidoscopic, maculate, many, many-colored, many-sided, marble, marbled, marbleize, masquerade, matching, medley, mercurial, merry-andrew, mingled, miscellaneous, mixed, monochromatic, monochrome, monochromic, motley fool, mottle, mottled, multicolor, multicolored, multicolorous, multifaceted, multifarious, multihued, multinational, multiracial, mutable, nonconformist, nonstandard, nonuniform, omnium-gatherum, outfit, parti-color, parti-colored, pastiche, patchy, pepper, pepper-and-salt, pickle-herring, piebald, pied, pigmentary, pinto, pluralistic, poles apart, poles asunder, polychromatic, polychrome, polychromic, polychromize, prismal, prismatic, promiscuous, ragged, rainbow, rig, rough, salad, scrambled, separate, separated, several, shot, shot through, skewbald, slapstick, sock, spangle, spasmodic, speck, speckle, spectral, splotch, sporadic, spot, sprinkle, stigmatize, stipple, streak, striate, stripe, stud, syncretic, tattoo, tessellate, thrown together, thunder and lightning, tights, tinctorial, tingent, toning, trichromatic, trichromic, tricolor, tricolored, tutu, two-tone, unconformable, uncongenial, unequable, unequal, uneven, unlike, unorthodox, unstable, unsteady, unsystematic, ununiform, variable, variant, varicolored, varied, variegate, variegated, variform, various, varying, vein, versicolor, versicolored, warm, wavering, widely apart, worlds apart, zany
U.S. Gazetteer Counties (2000):

Motley -- U.S. County in Texas Population (2000): 1426 Housing Units (2000): 839 Land area (2000): 989.377882 sq. miles (2562.476841 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.430342 sq. miles (1.114580 sq. km) Total area (2000): 989.808224 sq. miles (2563.591421 sq. km) Located within: Texas (TX), FIPS 48 Location: 34.084808 N, 100.789688 W Headwords: Motley Motley, TX Motley County Motley County, TX
U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000):

Motley, MN -- U.S. city in Minnesota Population (2000): 585 Housing Units (2000): 270 Land area (2000): 1.321566 sq. miles (3.422839 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.067839 sq. miles (0.175703 sq. km) Total area (2000): 1.389405 sq. miles (3.598542 sq. km) FIPS code: 44422 Located within: Minnesota (MN), FIPS 27 Location: 46.335089 N, 94.645866 W ZIP Codes (1990): Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs. Headwords: Motley, MN Motley