SYNONYMS | WORD ORIGIN 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. 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 forms fleck·less, adjective fleck·less·ly, adverb fleck·y, adjective un·flecked, adjective Can be confused flecks flex
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British Dictionary definitions for flecky noun a small marking or streak; speckle a small particle; speck a 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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Word Origin and History for flecky n.
fleck (v.) or else from Middle Dutch vlecke or Old Norse flekkr. v.
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.
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