• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Motley-minded Having a mind of a jester; foolish.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • motley-minded Having a mind or character like that of a professional fool or clown; exhibiting incoherence in thought; having thoughts of a motley character.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Motley-minded (Shak.) having fickle and foolish thoughts and feelings
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Skeat explains M. E. mottelee as through O. Fr. mattelé, clotted, curdled—Bavarian matte, curds.


In literature:

Then his mind set to work again on that motley procession of pictures which he had likened to a patchwork film.
"John Wesley, Jr." by Dan B. Brummitt
To a mind like Motley's, the department of history presented the most attractive features.
"Continental Monthly - Volume 1 - Issue 3" by Various
What motley cares Corilla's mind perplex, Whom maids and metaphors conspire to vex!
"The Book of Humorous Verse" by Various
And Lenny did not wholly escape from the mephitic portions of the motley elements from which his awakening mind drew its nurture.
"The International Monthly, Volume 3, No. 1, April, 1851" by Various
There was a motley array of every color of kimono that the mind of girl could conceive.
"Elizabeth Hobart at Exeter Hall" by Jean K. Baird
Stuteley, being of venturesome mind, must needs attempt all manner of tricks upon this motley company of soldiers.
"Robin Hood" by Paul Creswick
To Motley's mind the struggle seemed like some old battle between giants and Titans.
"Children's Stories in American Literature, 1660-1860" by Henrietta Christian Wright

In poetry:

To speak, as 'twere, his private mind,
Unhindered by repression,
To make his motley life a kind,
Of Midas' ears confession;
"A Pepys' "Diary"" by Henry Austin Dobson

In news:

Motley Crue's Tommy Lee on Vegas Residency: It's Going to Be Mind-Blowing .
When Motley Crue and Kiss pulled their two-headed rock 'n' roll monster simply known as 'The Tour' into Englewood, Colo. Last night (Aug. 9), they had a lot more than music on their minds.