verb (used with or without object), dap·pled, dap·pling.
Origin of dapple
Examples from the Web for dapple
I had a little hobby horse,And it was dapple grey, Its head was made of pea-straw,Its tail was made of hay.Aunt Kitty's Stories|Various
Here there are no mossy rocks or sheltering trees to dapple the scene with their brightness and shadow.
Dapple Gray was so startled that he stood up on his hind legs and nearly upset his small rider.The Jumble Book|David Cory
But when he went up next year to look after Dapple and the mares, he was quite astonished.
By this director, then that one, Johnny was guided to the spot from which his three dapple grays would start.The Crimson Flash|Roy J. Snell
British Dictionary definitions for dapple
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.