Main definitions of motty in English

: motty1motty2

motty1

Pronunciation /ˈmɒti/

noun

dialect Scottish, British, Midlands English, Irish
  • A mark at which a player aims in quoits, marbles, etc.

Origin

Late 18th century; earliest use found in Samuel Pegge (1733–1800), antiquary and writer. Probably from mot (although this is first attested later) + -y.

Main definitions of motty in English

: motty1motty2

motty2

Pronunciation /ˈmɒti/

noun

dialect, historical British
  • 1Mining
    A miner's tally; a stick of wood or disc of metal, notched or stamped in a particular way, placed on a full corf to identify it as the work of a certain miner.

  • 2A word, opinion; especially in "to put one's motty in": to stick one's oar in, to interfere.

Origin

Late 18th century; earliest use found in John Curr (1756–1823). Origin uncertain.