1. Variegated in color; consisting of different colors; dappled; party-colored; as, a motley coat.
2. Wearing motley or party-colored clothing. See Motley, n., 1. “A motley fool.”
3. Composed of different or various parts; heterogeneously made or mixed up; discordantly composite; as, motley style.
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.
2. Hence, a jester, a fool. [Obs.]
Man of motley, a fool. [Obs.] --Beau. & Fl.
adj 1: 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";
"sundry sciences commonly known as social"-
I.A.Richards [syn: assorted, miscellaneous, mixed,
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: calico, multicolor, multicolour, multicolored,
multicoloured, 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,
2: a garment made of motley (especially a court jester's
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]
2: make motley; color with different colors [syn: parti-color]