fleck

[flek]
noun
  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.
  3. 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
Related formsfleck·less, adjectivefleck·less·ly, adverbfleck·y, adjectiveun·flecked, adjective
Can be confusedflecks flex

Synonyms for fleck

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British Dictionary definitions for flecky

fleck

noun
  1. a small marking or streak; speckle
  2. a small particle; specka fleck of dust
verb
  1. 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

fleck

n.

1590s, from fleck (v.) or else from Middle Dutch vlecke or Old Norse flekkr.

fleck

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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