blot

A blot is a dirty smudge, mark, or stain, like the giant blot of ketchup that remains on your shirt long after the hotdog-eating contest is over.

A blot tends to mar or dirty a pristine surface, whether it's an ink blot on the book report you spent hours writing, or a blot of black paint on a white kitchen counter. Figuratively, a blot is something that dirties a person's reputation: "The scandal was a blot on the presidential campaign." As a verb, blot can mean "obscure," like when you use your hand to blot out the sun, or "dry a wet spot," the way you blot spilled tea with your napkin.

Definitions of blot
  1. noun
    a blemish made by dirt
    synonyms: daub, slur, smear, smirch, smudge, spot
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    types:
    blotch, splodge, splotch
    an irregularly shaped spot
    fingermark, fingerprint
    a smudge made by a (dirty) finger
    inkblot
    a blot made with ink
    type of:
    blemish, defect, mar
    a mark or flaw that spoils the appearance of something (especially on a person's body)
  2. noun
    an act that brings discredit to the person who does it
    “he made a huge blot on his copybook”
    synonyms: smear, smirch, spot, stain
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    type of:
    error, fault, mistake
    a wrong action attributable to bad judgment or ignorance or inattention
  3. verb
    make a spot or mark onto
    synonyms: blob, fleck, spot
    stain
    produce or leave stains
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    splotch
    blotch or spot
    defile, maculate, stain, sully, tarnish
    make dirty or spotty, as by exposure to air; also used metaphorically
    bespeckle, speckle
    mark with small spots
    bespatter, spatter
    spot, splash, or soil
    darken
    tarnish or stain
    type of:
    change surface
    undergo or cause to undergo a change in the surface
  4. verb
    dry (ink) with blotting paper
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