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freckle

[ frek-uhl ]
/ ˈfrɛk əl /
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noun

one of the small, brownish spots on the skin that are caused by deposition of pigment and that increase in number and darken on exposure to sunlight; lentigo.
any small spot or discoloration: freckles of paint spattered on the floor.

verb (used with object), freck·led, freck·ling.

to cover with freckles; produce freckles on.

verb (used without object), freck·led, freck·ling.

to become freckled.

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Origin of freckle

1350–1400; blend of obsolete frecken freckle (Middle English frekne<Old Norse *frekna; compare freknōttr speckled, Norwegian, Icelandic frekna,Swedish fräkna freckle) and speckle (noun)

OTHER WORDS FROM freckle

un·freck·led, adjectivewell-freckled, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for freckle

freckle
/ (ˈfrɛkəl) /

noun

a small brownish spot on the skin: a localized deposit of the pigment melanin, developed by exposure to sunlightTechnical name: lentigo
any small area of discoloration; a spot
Australian slang the anus

verb

to mark or become marked with freckles or spots

Derived forms of freckle

freckled or freckly, adjective

Word Origin for freckle

C14: from Old Norse freknur freckles; related to Swedish fräkne, Danish fregne
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for freckle

freckle
[ frĕkəl ]

n.

A small brownish spot on the skin, often turning darker or increasing in number upon exposure to the sun.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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