Origin of dappled
verb (used with or without object), dap·pled, dap·pling.
Origin of dapple
Related Words for dappledspotted, checkered, motley, variegated, parti-colored, multicolored, piebald, multicolor, varicolored, versicolor, brindle, brindled, multihued, pied
Examples from the Web for dappled
Contemporary Examples of dappled
Gin and white vermouth shaken with salted pomegranate syrup, dappled with rosewater.Best Career Arc Ever: From Burlesque To Bartending
September 13, 2014
Up close the color, added by hand after printing, is soft and dappled, and the paper is slightly raised like a new mosquito bite.William Blake's Heavenly Imagination
November 12, 2009
Enron's Ken Lay conducting television interviews, dappled with references to his being the humble son-of-a-pastor."The Blood Sporting of Picking Off CEOs"
October 5, 2008
Historical Examples of dappled
The dogs had started a dappled deer that bounded 102 away through the forest.Irish Fairy Tales
It was covered in a wrap which had once been white but was now dappled with green.The Green Rust
The grass, dappled with sun and shadow, wore a mantle of flowers.David and the Phoenix
A robin from the dappled warmth of a mossy stone, was regarding them instead.The Patrician
They were as inconspicuous as two deer in the dappled shadow.The Flaming Jewel
Robert W. Chambers
Word Origin 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.