[ frek-uh l ]
/ ˈfrɛk əl /


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)


un·freck·led, adjectivewell-freck·led, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for freckle

/ (ˈfrɛkəl) /


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


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
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Medical definitions for freckle

[ frĕkəl ]


A small brownish spot on the skin, often turning darker or increasing in number upon exposure to the sun.
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