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  1. a speck; a small bit: a fleck of dirt.

  2. a spot or small patch of color, light, etc.: the dapple mare with flecks of gray.

  1. a spot or mark on the skin, as a freckle.

verb (used with object)
  1. to mark with a fleck or flecks; spot; dapple.

Origin of fleck

1350–1400; Middle English flekked spotted; akin to Old Norse flekkr spot, streak, Old High German flec (German Fleck), Middle Low German, Middle Dutch vlecken to soil

Other words for fleck

Other words from fleck

  • fleckless, adjective
  • fleck·less·ly, adverb
  • flecky, adjective
  • un·flecked, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for fleck


/ (flɛk) /

  1. a small marking or streak; speckle

  2. a small particle; speck: a fleck of dust

  1. Also: flecker (tr) to mark or cover with flecks; speckle

Origin of fleck

C16: probably from Old Norse flekkr stain, spot; related to Old High German flec spot, plot of land

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