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[flek] /flɛk/
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.
verb (used with object)
to mark with a fleck or flecks; spot; dapple.
Origin of fleck
1350-1400; Middle English flekked spotted; akin to Old Norse flekkr spot, streak, Old High German flec (German Fleck), Middle Low German, Middle Dutch vlecken to soil
Related forms
fleckless, adjective
flecklessly, adverb
flecky, adjective
unflecked, adjective
Can be confused
flecks, flex.
4. bespeckle, spatter, dot, speck, daub. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for flecked
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  • His face was sallow, and the short brown beard was flecked with grey.

    The Great Hunger Johan Bojer
  • I looked down carefully at my apparel and flecked a handkerchief over it.

    The O'Ruddy Stephen Crane
  • I cried, as the light fell on the brown mold and flecked it with white and yellow.

    Wood Folk at School William J. Long
  • High above our heads some lazy clouds were flecked with the sunset glow.

    A Canyon Voyage Frederick S. Dellenbaugh
  • He looked again at the blue sky, flecked with soft, white clouds.

    Cricket at the Seashore Elizabeth Westyn Timlow
  • He looked haggard and exhausted, and his horse was flecked with foam and dirt.

  • There were threads of silver in his curls, and his beard was flecked with white.

    The World's Desire H. Rider Haggard and Andrew Lang
British Dictionary definitions for flecked


a small marking or streak; speckle
a small particle; speck: a fleck of dust
(transitive) Also flecker. to mark or cover with flecks; speckle
Word Origin
C16: probably from Old Norse flekkr stain, spot; related to Old High German flec spot, plot of land
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Word Origin and History for flecked



1590s, from fleck (v.) or else from Middle Dutch vlecke or Old Norse flekkr.



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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