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Definitions of motley:
  • noun:   a multicolored woolen fabric woven of mixed threads in 14th to 17th century England
  • noun:   a garment made of motley (especially a court jester's costume)
  • noun:   a collection containing a variety of sorts of things
  • verb:   make motley; color with different colors
  • verb:   make something more diverse and varied
  • adjective:   having sections or patches colored differently and usually brightly
    Example: "A jester dressed in motley"
  • adjective:   consisting of a haphazard assortment of different kinds (even to the point of incongruity)
    Example: "A motley crew"
  • name:  A surname (common: 1 in 20000 families; popularity rank in the U.S.: #2628)

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