- 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
SynonymsSee more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
- 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 flecky
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.