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  Definition of motley
  1. a multicolored woolen fabric woven of mixed threads in 14th to 17th century England
  2. a garment made of motley (especially a court jester''s costume)
  3. 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"
  4. make motley; color with different colors
  5. make something more diverse and varied; "Vary the menu"
  6. 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"
  7. consisting of a haphazard assortment of different kinds (even to the point of incongruity); "an arrangement of assorted spring flowers"; "assorted sizes"; "miscellaneous accessories"; "a mixed program of baroque and contemporary music"; "a motley crew"; "
Similar Words: assortment, mixture, mixed bag, miscellany, miscellanea, variety, salmagundi, smorgasbord, potpourri, parti-color, vary, variegate, calico, multicolor, multicolour, multicolored, multicoloured, painted, particolored, particoloured, piebald, pied, varicolored, varicoloured, assorted, miscellaneous, mixed, sundry(a)

 

Hyponyms: grab bag, witches' brew, witches' broth, witch's brew, range, selection, odds and ends, oddments, melange, farrago, ragbag, hodgepodge, mishmash, mingle-mangle, hotchpotch, omnium-gatherum, alphabet soup, sampler, checker, chequer

 

Derivational Morphology: parti-color, vary, variegate, blend, flux, mix, conflate, commingle, immix, fuse, coalesce, meld, combine, merge, assortment, mixture, mixed bag, miscellany, miscellanea, variety, salmagundi, smorgasbord, potpourri, diversification, variegation, variation

 

 
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