Search Result for "motley":
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;
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]
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]
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]U.S. Gazetteer (1990):
Motley, MN (city, FIPS 44422) Location: 46.33566 N, 94.64325 W Population (1990): 441 (219 housing units) Area: 3.2 sq km (land), 0.2 sq km (water)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