[ flek ]
/ flɛk /
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.
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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 FROM fleckfleck·less, adjectivefleck·less·ly, adverbfleck·y, adjectiveun·flecked, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for flecky
/ (flɛk) /
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 for fleck
C16: probably from Old Norse flekkr stain, spot; related to Old High German flec spot, plot of land
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