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[flek] /flɛk/
a speck; a small bit:
a fleck of dirt.
a spot or small patch of color, light, etc.:
the dapple mare with flecks of gray.
a spot or mark on the skin, as a freckle.
verb (used with object)
to mark with a fleck or flecks; spot; dapple.
Origin of fleck
1350-1400; Middle English flekked spotted; akin to Old Norse flekkr spot, streak, Old High German flec (German Fleck), Middle Low German, Middle Dutch vlecken to soil
Related forms
fleckless, adjective
flecklessly, adverb
flecky, adjective
unflecked, adjective
Can be confused
flecks, flex.
4. bespeckle, spatter, dot, speck, daub. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for flecked
  • Think of an infinitely small ice-cream scoop flecked with sprinkles.
  • The mud around the car was flecked with dozens of tiny, glittering diamonds.
  • He is pale, unshaven, and his stubble is flecked with white.
  • They were dressed in overalls and in the winter wore heavy coats that were flecked with mud.
  • He felt that his parched lips were flecked with foam, his heart was throbbing.
  • The fairways here are flecked, the greens mottled brown.
  • His swing was something poets wrote about and his glove was always flecked with gold.
  • Road cyclists head northwest to the wildflower-flecked hills.
  • The view was nonetheless grim, a sweeping panorama of rolling dunes endlessly flecked with the debris of combat.
  • The second bar was flecked with particles of dates, that staple of the desert.
British Dictionary definitions for flecked


a small marking or streak; speckle
a small particle; speck: a fleck of dust
(transitive) Also flecker. to mark or cover with flecks; speckle
Word Origin
C16: probably from Old Norse flekkr stain, spot; related to Old High German flec spot, plot of land
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Word Origin and History for flecked



late 14c., probably from Old Norse flekka "to spot," from Proto-Germanic *flekk- (cf. Middle Dutch vlecke, Old High German flec, German Fleck), from PIE *pleik- "to tear" (see flay). Related: Flecked; flecking.


1590s, from fleck (v.) or else from Middle Dutch vlecke or Old Norse flekkr.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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