- a spot or mottled marking, usually occurring in clusters.
- an animal with a mottled skin or coat.
- dappled; spotted: a dapple horse.
- to mark or become marked with spots.
Origin of dapple
Related Words for dapplestipple, sprinkle, speck, blotch, spot, fleck, mottle, dot, besprinkle, bespeckle
Examples from the Web for dapple
Historical Examples of dapple
No dapple of shadows was there, no rustle of leaves, no green, mossy trunks of trees.A Spoil of Office
His eyes were skilled to observe in the moving dusk and dapple of green woods.Irish Fairy Tales
But who be those that follow them on the grey palfrey and dapple jennet?A Legend of Reading Abbey
It was just as he was about to return to his dapple grays that he received a sudden shock.The Crimson Flash
Roy J. Snell
Dimple is a diminutive of dip, and cognate with dingle and dapple.Milton's Comus
- to mark or become marked with spots or patches of a different colour; mottle
- mottled or spotted markings
- a dappled horse, etc
- marked with dapples or spots
Word Origin for dapple
Word Origin and History for dapple
early 15c. (implied in past participle adjective dappled), perhaps from a Scandinavian source akin to Old Norse depill "spot," Norwegian dape "puddle." Perhaps a back-formation from, or merger with, Middle English adjective dapple-gray "apple-gray" (late 14c.), based on resemblance to the markings on an apple (cf. Old Norse apalgrar "dapple-gray"), or, as it was used of gray horses with round blotches, perhaps via resemblance to apples themselves.