- Variegated in color; consisting of different colors; dappled; party-colored; as, a motley coat.
- Wearing motley or party-colored clothing. See Motley (n.), 1."A motleyfool." [Shak.]
- Composed of different or various parts; heterogeneously made or mixed up; discordantly composite; as, motley style.
Etymology: OE. mottelee motle; cf. OF. mattelé clotted, curdled, OF, ciel mattonné a mottled sky, mate maton, curdled milk, Prov. G. matte curd. Cf. Mottle