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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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  • He allowed himself no further comment, however, but flecked the fat brown horse on the ear with his whip, and said "Gitty up!"

    Mrs. Tree Laura E. Richards
  • He looked haggard and exhausted, and his horse was flecked with foam and dirt.

  • Behind us lay the dark gray-blue sea and the darker sky, flecked by pale pink clouds.

    Brittany Mortimer Menpes and Dorothy Menpes
  • 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
  • With a well-manicured 296 thumb and finger he flecked an imaginary bit of dust from the knee of his trousers.

    Cloudy Jewel Grace Livingston Hill
  • In front of them was the blue sea, flecked with the white sails of ships.

    Sir Nigel Arthur Conan Doyle
  • flecked sunlight slanted on the stranger's cheek and burnished hair, dappling face and figure with moving, golden spots.

    The Flaming Jewel Robert W. Chambers
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.


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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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