- a speck; a small bit: a fleck of dirt.
- a spot or small patch of color, light, etc.: the dapple mare with flecks of gray.
- a spot or mark on the skin, as a freckle.
- to mark with a fleck or flecks; spot; dapple.
Origin of fleck
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Examples from the Web for fleck
But Fleck may not have lost because of his sexual orientation.
It also put a target on his back, and Fleck complained about what he described as a “vicious… deceitful and… personal” campaign.
In the initial tally, Fleck had 3,398 votes, while a total of 3,700 votes were given to write-in candidates.
Fleck also noted that it was possible that he could have the Democratic nomination as a write-in as well.
One thing has changed since his last election: Fleck has come out as gay.
Any scintilla or fleck of truth I can pick off from a revolutionary, I take but I will not take him.The Ghost in the White House
Gerald Stanley Lee
There was not a fleck of cloud on all the sky, nor of mist on all the hills.The Orphans of Glen Elder
Margaret Murray Robertson
Among all this loveliness was glimpsed by Arethusa a fleck of green.The Heart of Arethusa
Francis Barton Fox
In the days that followed she thought of him as she saw him last, a minute fleck on the plain.The Eagle's Heart
He knocked out the pipe, crushed a fleck of burning tobacco with his boot.Empire
Clifford Donald Simak
- a small marking or streak; speckle
- a small particle; specka fleck of dust
- Also: flecker (tr) to mark or cover with flecks; speckle
Word Origin and History for fleck
late 14c., probably from Old Norse flekka "to spot," from Proto-Germanic *flekk- (cf. Middle Dutch vlecke, Old High German flec, German Fleck), from PIE *pleik- "to tear" (see flay). Related: Flecked; flecking.
1590s, from fleck (v.) or else from Middle Dutch vlecke or Old Norse flekkr.