(noun, adjective, verb)


1. consisting of a varied assortment of different things.

- a motley crew

Similar word(s): heterogeneous, heterogenous, assorted, miscellaneous, mixed, sundry

2. having sections or patches colored differently and usually brightly

- a jester dressed in motley

Similar word(s): colored, colorful, coloured, calico, multicolor, multicolored, multicolour, multicoloured, painted, particolored, particoloured, piebald, pied, varicolored, varicoloured


1. a collection containing a variety of sorts of things

Similar word(s): assortment, miscellanea, miscellany, mixture, potpourri, salmagundi, smorgasbord, variety

Definition categories: group, accumulation, aggregation, assemblage, collection

2. a garment made of motley (especially a court jester's costume)

Definition categories: man–made, garment

3. a multicolored woolen fabric woven of mixed threads in 14th to 17th century England

Definition categories: man–made, cloth, fabric, material, textile


1. make something more diverse and varied

Similar word(s): variegate, vary

Definition categories: change, diversify

2. make motley; color with different colors

Definition categories: change, color, colorise, colorize, colour, colourise, colourize