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fleck

[flek] /flɛk/
noun
1.
a speck; a small bit:
a fleck of dirt.
2.
a spot or small patch of color, light, etc.:
the dapple mare with flecks of gray.
3.
a spot or mark on the skin, as a freckle.
verb (used with object)
4.
to mark with a fleck or flecks; spot; dapple.
Origin of fleck
1350-1400
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.
Synonyms
4. bespeckle, spatter, dot, speck, daub.
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Examples from the Web for fleckless
Historical Examples
  • Then the sky resumes the fleckless blueness which characterises it during the greater part of the year.

  • The papers extended across the hall and into a prim, fleckless parlor.

    Anne Of Avonlea Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • A vast sweep of fleckless azure overhung the glistening plain below.

    By Right of Purchase Harold Bindloss
  • Antony settled his fleckless straw hat firmly upon his head and tightened his grip on his stick.

    An Idyll of All Fools' Day Josephine Daskam Bacon
  • The sky was fleckless by this time and it did not seem possible that another storm could come up.

  • Out of the blue void of a fleckless sky, came whooping at dawn a boisterous wind.

    Little Miss Grouch Samuel Hopkins Adams
British Dictionary definitions for fleckless

fleck

/flɛk/
noun
1.
a small marking or streak; speckle
2.
a small particle; speck: a fleck of dust
verb
3.
(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 fleckless

fleck

v.

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.

n.

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

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