Definition of motley adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈmɒtli//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɑːtli//
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consisting of many different types of people or things that do not seem to belong together She had a motley group of friends at college. The room was filled with a motley collection of furniture and paintings. The audience was a motley crew of students and tourists. Word Originlate Middle English: of unknown origin; perhaps ultimately related to mote.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: motley