[ dap-uh ld ]
/ ˈdæp əld /


having spots of a different shade, tone, or color from the background; mottled.

Origin of dappled

1350–1400; Middle English, probably < Scandinavian; akin to Old Norse depill spot
Related formsun·dap·pled, adjective

Definition for dappled (2 of 2)


[ dap-uh l ]
/ ˈdæp əl /


a spot or mottled marking, usually occurring in clusters.
an animal with a mottled skin or coat.


dappled; spotted: a dapple horse.

verb (used with or without object), dap·pled, dap·pling.

to mark or become marked with spots.

Origin of dapple

First recorded in 1545–55; probably back formation from dappled
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British Dictionary definitions for dappled


/ (ˈdæpəl) /


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

C14: of unknown origin
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