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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 flecking
Historical Examples
  • 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 Mary Ronald
  • 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
  • Here and there, flecking with colour the sunlit scene, flutter the Stars and Stripes.

  • The whole air was filled with it up to the very sky where the first exquisite sunset clouds were flecking the blue.

    The Quest Frederik van Eeden
  • Make a mound of the shredded whites and lay the egg-balls upon it, flecking them with black pepper.

  • flecking the dust from the soap box with his handkerchief, he dragged it forward and placed it near the workbench.

    Flood Tide

    Sara Ware Bassett
  • Only just round the corner are the shady trees, and the birds singing on the branches, and the sunshine is flecking the pathway.

British Dictionary definitions for flecking


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 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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