fleck

[flek]

noun

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.

verb (used with object)

to mark with a fleck or flecks; spot; dapple.

Nearby words

  1. fleabite,
  2. fleam,
  3. fleapit,
  4. fleawort,
  5. flecainide acetate,
  6. flecked,
  7. flecker,
  8. flection,
  9. fled,
  10. fledermaus, die

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

Related formsfleck·less, adjectivefleck·less·ly, adverbfleck·y, adjectiveun·flecked, adjective

Can be confusedflecks flex

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British Dictionary definitions for fleck

fleck

noun

a small marking or streak; speckle
a small particle; specka fleck of dust

verb

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

Word Origin for fleck

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

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