toggle menu
menu
vocabulary
1000+ books
Go to Book

motley
used in War and Peace

2 uses
(click/touch triangles for details)
Definition
consisting of a haphazard assortment of different kinds of a thing — sometimes implying that the collection does not go well together and is of low quality
  • On one small table tea things and supper dishes stood in disorder, and in the middle of the night a motley throng of people sat there, not merrymaking, but somberly whispering, and betraying by every word and movement that they none of them forgot what was happening and what was about to happen in the bedroom.
    Book One — 1805 (76% in)
  • But there were no dealers with voices of ingratiating affability inviting customers to enter; there were no hawkers, nor the usual motley crowd of female purchasers—but only soldiers, in uniforms and overcoats though without muskets, entering the Bazaar empty-handed and silently making their way out through its passages with bundles.
    Book Eleven — 1812 (50% in)

There are no more uses of "motley" in War and Peace.

Typical Usage  (best examples)
Dictionary / pronunciation — Google®Dictionary list — Onelook.com®Wikipedia Article