- a blur in printing, as from a double impression.
- to blur, as from a double impression in printing.
Origin of mackle
1585–95; variant of earlier macle, makle; earlier macule macule
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- printing a double or blurred impression caused by shifting paper or type
Word Origin for mackle
C16: via French from Latin macula spot, stain
- Midland English dialect to mend hurriedly or in a makeshift way
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