- 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.
- to cover with freckles; produce freckles on.
- to become freckled.
Origin of freckle
Related Wordsblemish, blotch, mole, stipple, sprinkle, speck, speckle, pockmark, patch, pock, pit, dot, lentigo, daisy, pepper, pigmentation, macula
Examples from the Web for freckle
What is it when one kisses his mistress' freckle neck, another the wart on her nose?The Praise of Folly
He had what no other Blake had had, a suspicion of freckle on his high, flat cheek.
And for every wish inside him he had a freckle outside on his face.Rootabaga Stories
But she took the bottle of freckle lotion and emptied it out of the window.Anne Of Avonlea
Lucy Maud Montgomery
I do not freckle, but if I did, I think I should prefer freckles.Miss Cayley's Adventures
- 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
Word Origin and History for freckle
late 14c., also frecken, probably from Old Norse freknur (plural) "freckles" (cf. Icelandic frekna, Danish fregne, Swedish frägne "freckle"), from PIE *(s)preg- "to jerk, scatter" (see sprout (v.)). Related: Freckles.
late 14c. (implied in fracled "spotted," from freckle (n.); freckle as a verb is recorded from 1610s. Related: Freckled; freckling.
- A small brownish spot on the skin, often turning darker or increasing in number upon exposure to the sun.