[mot-lee] /ˈmɒt li/
exhibiting great diversity of elements:
a motley crowd.
Synonyms: heterogenous, varied, diverse, mixed, assorted, sundry; incongruous, disparate, diversified, dissimilar, divergent.
Antonyms: homogeneous, uniform, identical; similar, like.
being of different colors combined:
a motley flower border.
Synonyms: parti-colored, multicolored, variegated, polychromatic; pied, piebald, mottled, dappled.
Antonyms: monochromatic; solid.
wearing a garment:
a motley fool.
noun, plural motleys.
a combination of different colors.
the garment of a jester.
a heterogeneous assemblage.
Synonyms: conglomeration, hodgepodge, jumble, miscellany; olio, potpourri, pastiche, gallimaufry, farrago.
[mot-lee] /ˈmɒt li/
[loh-thruh p] /ˈloʊ θrəp/ (Show IPA), 1814–77, U.S. historian and diplomat.
made up of elements of varying type, quality, etc
a motley collection or mixture
the particoloured attire of a jester
(obsolete) a jester
late 14c., “parti-colored” (originally of fabric), from Anglo-French motteley, probably from Old English mot “speck” (see mote). But Klein’s sources say probably from Gaulish. “Diversified in color,” especially of a fool’s dress. Hence, allusively, “a fool” (1600). As a noun meaning “cloth of mixed color” from late 14c.
- Motley crew
noun a gathered group of people of various backgrounds, appearance, character, etc. Examples A motley crew arrived for the meditation retreat. Word Origin 1748 Usage Note informal
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