[mak-uh l]


a blur in printing, as from a double impression.

verb (used with or without object), mack·led, mack·ling.

to blur, as from a double impression in printing.

Nearby words

  1. mackinaw coat,
  2. mackinaw trout,
  3. mackinder,
  4. mackintosh,
  5. mackintosh, charles rennie,
  6. maclaren,
  7. maclaurin,
  8. maclaurin series,
  9. maclaurin's series,
  10. maclaurin, colin

Also macule.

Origin of mackle

1585–95; variant of earlier macle, makle; earlier macule macule Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for mackle



macule (ˈmækjuːl)


printing a double or blurred impression caused by shifting paper or type

Word Origin for mackle

C16: via French from Latin macula spot, stain

verb mackles, mackled or mackling (tr)

Midland English dialect to mend hurriedly or in a makeshift way
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