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mot·ley / ˈmätlē/ • adj. (mot·li·er, mot·li·est) incongruously varied in appearance or character; disparate: a motley crew of discontents and zealots. • n. 1. [usu. in sing.] an incongruous mixture: a motley of interacting interest groups. 2. hist. the particolored costume of a jester: life-size mannequins in full motley.

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motleydrily, kylie, Riley, shyly, slyly, smiley, Smily, wily, wryly •idly • kindly • wifely • likely • timely •Christly •knightly, nightly, sightly, sprightly •lively • fortnightly • housewifely •Barbirolli, brolly, collie, dolly, folly, golly, holly, jolly, lolly, Mollie, molly, Ollie, polly, poly, trolley, volley, wally •knobbly •Bodley, godly, oddly •wanly • Copley • fait accompli •costly •hotly, motley •softly-softly •Bengali, Cawley, crawly, creepy-crawly, Macaulay, Morley, Nepali, poorly, rawly, scrawly, squally •lordly •courtly, portly •jowly, Pauli •aïoli, coaly, coley, Foley, goalie, guacamole, holey, Holi, holy, lowly, moly, pinole, ravioli, roly-poly, Rowley, shoaly, soli •nobly • Oakley • homely •lonely, only •ghostly • Moseley •coyly, doily, oily

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motley diversified in colour XIV; sb. † varicoloured fabric XIV; particoloured dress of a jester XVI. Late ME. mottelay, -ley, perh. — AN. *motelé, f. MOTE (but the formation remains obscure).