- 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 flecking
He absently took the whip from its socket, flecking the horse with it as he spoke.The Flying Mercury
Eleanor M. Ingram
Over this the sunbeams poured in, flecking the green with gold.Three Margarets
Laura E. Richards
And ever the people tossed their bonnets in the air, flecking the red sunrise with them.The Men of the Moss-Hags
S. R. Crockett
The cheese balls may be varied by flecking them with black, white, or red pepper.The Century Cook Book
He continued to play with his egg, flecking off the broken bits of shell with the point of his spoon.Caleb West, Master Diver
F. Hopkinson Smith
- 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 flecking
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.