\ ˈflek How to pronounce fleck (audio) \
flecked; flecking; flecks

Definition of fleck

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : streak, spot whitecaps flecked the blue sea
2 : to color as if by sprinkling with flecks his wit is flecked with sarcasm— James Atlas



Definition of fleck (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : spot, mark a brown tweed with flecks of yellow
2 : flake, particle flecks of snow drifted down

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Examples of fleck in a Sentence

Verb She flecked the canvas with blue paint. to achieve the desired effect, fleck the canvas with paint simply by flicking the brush close to the surface Noun a brown cloth with flecks of yellow The police found flecks of blood on his clothes.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Older men, their beards flecked with soup, ate near young parents whose children had spilled food down their sweaters. Amelia Nierenberg, New York Times, "In Poland, Communist-Era Restaurants Are Perfect for the Moment," 21 Apr. 2020 Lopez, meanwhile, wore cream colored nails flecked with Lakers gold. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "Beyoncé and Jennifer Lopez Paid Tribute to Kobe and Gigi Bryant With Nail Art," 25 Feb. 2020 This eatery near Sunnyslope serves churros glazed with honey, chocolate or vanilla, flecked with toppings including almond slices, sprinkles and crushed Oreo cookies. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, azcentral, "From Nobu to Matt's Big Breakfast: 27 restaurants that opened in metro Phoenix in January," 3 Feb. 2020 Big Mozz, a New York company that was expecting to serve about half a million pounds of pecorino- and parsley-flecked mozzarella sticks at seasonal events this year, had planned to hire 200 people. Pete Wells, New York Times, "Outdoor Oysters and Beer? Still on Ice, With Summer Nowhere in Sight," 7 Apr. 2020 These wings are variegated and flecked with pigment, taking on the radiant transparency of monochrome stained glass. Daisy Alioto, The New York Review of Books, "Plagues and Pandemics: Further Reading," 27 Mar. 2020 That leaves more room on the table for other festive Spanish-inflected holiday dishes like shrimp stew, oyster ceviche with Cara Cara oranges, saffron rice with golden raisins and red-wine sangria flecked with vanilla bean. Leilani Marie Labong, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Area chef welcomes pavo borracho, or drunken turkey, to Christmas table," 20 Dec. 2019 Here, the salad comes as five gorgeous, seemingly hand selected cups of lettuce, drizzled but not glopped with a buttermilk dressing that’s flecked generously with herbs and big buttery breadcrumbs. Priya Krishna, Bon Appétit, "I Would Change Absolutely Nothing About the Wedge Salad at Red Hook Tavern," 12 Nov. 2019 It is baked until golden and fragrant, ready to be dolloped with the most heavenly yogurt-feta sauce that’s flecked with fresh dill. Ellie Krieger, The Denver Post, "To deal with that glut of zucchini, a big, skillet pancake to the rescue," 24 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Green flecks announce the presence of loroco, a flowering vine whose unopened buds are deployed as a chive-like herb, only milder. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, "A Not-Quite-Restaurant Faces the New Reality," 17 Mar. 2020 And higher throughput approaches, such as peeling graphene from chunks of the mineral graphite, produce flecks composed of up to 50 graphene layers that are not ideal for most applications. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "Electricity turns garbage into graphene," 27 Jan. 2020 Silver Charm, a 1,200-pound Thoroughbred with a white coat peppered by tiny flecks of gray, leaned over the top railing of the pasture fence and nibbled at the lips of the man with the cap turned backwards. Smithsonian Magazine, "When the Race Is Over," 17 Apr. 2020 Who was being absurd: the person going out for a drink in Lower Manhattan on a Saturday night or the reporter standing six feet away, wearing gloves, wincing at every tiny fleck of spit arcing out of his subjects’ mouths? Anastasia Edel, The New York Review of Books, "Pandemic Journal," 21 Mar. 2020 Were there enough paint flecks to identify the type of paint? Cathy Locke, sacbee, "Could paint linked to East Area Rapist be traced to companies that sold or used it? | The Sacramento Bee," 9 Feb. 2018 While some brown flecks on the surface are okay, avoid mushrooms with dark-tinged areas. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "Risotto without rice: Here's how to use rice-shaped pasta instead," 19 Jan. 2020 Season with kosher salt and pulse until mixture is bright orange and mostly smooth (some visible flecks of chile are fine!). Molly Baz, Bon Appétit, "Homemade Chile Butter Gives Any Meal a Whole New Lewk," 27 Dec. 2019 The eatery serves them up full of the flavor of beef tallow, right down to the meaty flecks stuck to the spuds. Jay Jones, Los Angeles Times, "Beef fat is oh so bad for you. But it tastes oh so good at this Vegas fries spot," 29 July 2019

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First Known Use of fleck


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for fleck


back-formation from flecked spotted, from Middle English; akin to Old High German flec spot, Old Norse flekkr

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The first known use of fleck was in the 14th century

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9 May 2020

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“Fleck.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fleck. Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of fleck

: a small spot or mark


\ ˈflek How to pronounce fleck (audio) \
flecked; flecking

Kids Definition of fleck

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to mark with small streaks or spots The bananas were flecked with brown.



Kids Definition of fleck (Entry 2 of 2)

2 : a small bit … little flecks of spit would come shooting out of her mouth as she talked.— Roald Dahl, James and the Giant Peach

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