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fleck

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noun
  1. a speck; a small bit: a fleck of dirt.
  2. a spot or small patch of color, light, etc.: the dapple mare with flecks of gray.
  3. a spot or mark on the skin, as a freckle.
verb (used with object)
  1. 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 formsfleck·less, adjectivefleck·less·ly, adverbfleck·y, adjectiveun·flecked, adjective
Can be confusedflecks flex

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4. bespeckle, spatter, dot, speck, daub.
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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


British Dictionary definitions for flecked

fleck

noun
  1. a small marking or streak; speckle
  2. a small particle; specka fleck of dust
verb
  1. Also: flecker (tr) 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

fleck

n.

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

fleck

v.

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.

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