- a speck; a small bit: a fleck of dirt.
- a spot or small patch of color, light, etc.: the dapple mare with flecks of gray.
- a spot or mark on the skin, as a freckle.
- to mark with a fleck or flecks; spot; dapple.
Origin of fleck
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Related Wordsspeck, stripe, speckle, mottle, streak, stipple, pinpoint, patch, bit, mite, dot, mote, variegate, dust, dapple, maculate, besprinkle, bespeckle
Examples from the Web for fleck
But Fleck may not have lost because of his sexual orientation.
It also put a target on his back, and Fleck complained about what he described as a “vicious… deceitful and… personal” campaign.
In the initial tally, Fleck had 3,398 votes, while a total of 3,700 votes were given to write-in candidates.
Fleck also noted that it was possible that he could have the Democratic nomination as a write-in as well.
One thing has changed since his last election: Fleck has come out as gay.
Any scintilla or fleck of truth I can pick off from a revolutionary, I take but I will not take him.The Ghost in the White House
Gerald Stanley Lee
There was not a fleck of cloud on all the sky, nor of mist on all the hills.The Orphans of Glen Elder
Margaret Murray Robertson
Among all this loveliness was glimpsed by Arethusa a fleck of green.The Heart of Arethusa
Francis Barton Fox
In the days that followed she thought of him as she saw him last, a minute fleck on the plain.The Eagle's Heart
He knocked out the pipe, crushed a fleck of burning tobacco with his boot.Empire
Clifford Donald Simak
- a small marking or streak; speckle
- a small particle; specka fleck of dust
- Also: flecker (tr) to mark or cover with flecks; speckle
Word Origin and History for fleck
late 14c., probably from Old Norse flekka "to spot," from Proto-Germanic *flekk- (cf. Middle Dutch vlecke, Old High German flec, German Fleck), from PIE *pleik- "to tear" (see flay). Related: Flecked; flecking.
1590s, from fleck (v.) or else from Middle Dutch vlecke or Old Norse flekkr.