motley definition

  • adjective:
    • Having elements of great variety or incongruity; heterogeneous: "Most Ivy League freshman classes are chosen from a motley collection of constituencies . . . and a bare majority of entering students can honestly be called scholars” ( New York Times).
    • Having numerous colors; variegated; parti-colored: a motley tunic.
    • Comprising greatly varied elements, to the point of incongruity; heterogeneous
    • Having many tints; variegated
    • Variegated in shade; composed of various colors; dappled; party-colored.
    • Putting on motley or party-colored clothing. See Motley, n., 1.
    • consists of various or parts; heterogeneously made or confused; discordantly composite.
    • composed of a haphazard assortment of different kinds
    • having parts or patches colored in a different way and in most cases brightly
  • noun:
    • The parti-colored outfit of a court jester.
    • A heterogeneous, usually incongruous blend of elements.
    • A jester's multicoloured garments
    • An incongruous blend
    • a mixture of distinct colors; esp., the party-colored cloth, or clothes, worn by the professional trick.
    • For this reason, a jester, a fool.
    • a practice manufactured from pieces of cloth various colors in glaring comparison: the most common gown of this jester or expert fool.
    • A jester; a fool.
    • Any blend, since colors.
    • a group containing multiple types of things
    • a garment made from motley (especially a court jester's costume)
    • a multicolored woolen fabric woven of blended threads in 14th to seventeenth century England
  • others:
    • Party-colored; variegated in color; consisting of various colors: because, a motley coating.
    • Composed of or exhibiting a variety of discordant elements; heterogeneous in composition; diversified.
    • To variegate; give various colors to.
  • verb:
    • make anything even more diverse and different
    • make motley; color with various colors

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