If you stipple something, that means you add tiny dots of color or texture, such as using a special painting tool to stipple a plain wall with dots of a different color to make it look more interesting.

The verb stipple came into English from the Dutch word stippelen, meaning "to spot or dot.” Artist stipple paint onto their canvases and from the distance, the dots look like a field of flowers. You can also stipple metal, by poking it with a tool that creates little circular dents — that look like dots — to give it an artistic look.

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Pie Hole Word of the Day


Compound adjectives referring to people's mouths are never flattering in English, and today's word follows the pattern. Mealy-mouthed is opposite to "direct" in several senses and can suggest deviousness, insincerity, timidity, equivocation, or compromising in speech. The connection with meal is not straightforward but the word manages to sound disparaging even without making obvious etymological sense.