fleck

verb
\ 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

fleck

noun

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

Kidada chose a sweetly romantic confetti-flecked sweater for Rashida to pair with a shimmery, pleated metallic skirt. Vogue, "Rashida and Kidada Jones on Throwing the Ultimate Sisters Soiree," 11 Dec. 2018 The lip kits — which come in three shades — were named in honor of the season's festivities, and include Midnight Kiss (a bright copper), Naughty Is The New Nice (a shimmering red), and In With The New (a pink-purple hue flecked with sparkle). Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Kylie Cosmetics Announced Three New Metal Lip Kits," 24 Dec. 2018 Avenge the patriotic gore That flecked the streets of Baltimore, And be the battle queen of yore, Maryland! Doug Donovan, baltimoresun.com, "The debate over Maryland's state song is a familiar refrain," 15 Mar. 2018 The primer is flecked with shimmery violet pigments that give skin a more multi-dimensional glow than an alien-like one. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Exclusive: Korean Makeup Brand VDL Is Launching in the U.S. With 3 Glass Skin–Inspired Primers," 31 July 2018 Molinari, who uses tattoos to represent important moments in her life, is, herself, flecked with small roses. . Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "Bringing Home Blumarine," 30 Apr. 2010 The whole movie is just a cup of sweet, empty froth, flecked liberally with fake blood. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "In You Might Be the Killer, a Twitter thread expands into a horror-comedy — barely," 5 Oct. 2018 One of the best in town is El Rebote’s croqueta de cecina, a creamy, crisp-fried croquette flecked with dry-aged beef, a local specialty. Benjamin Kemper, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Guide to Spanish Wine Country," 7 Mar. 2018 The pillow smelled like body odor, and was flecked with tiny pieces of human tongues and lips from when boys bit themselves, said Richard Colon, 65, a Hialeah boy who was sent to the school on May 17, 1957, for stealing cars. Carol Marbin Miller, miamiherald, "A painful reunion at school of horror," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The original formula in the shade Glazed is a fluid champagne sheen, no flecks of glitter or sparkle. Tynan Sinks, Allure, "I Did A Full Face Of Makeup Using Jelly Highlighters and Eye Shadows — And It Looks Amazing," 19 Sep. 2018 Place butter in a small saucepan and cook on medium, swirling the pan and stirring often until brown flecks appear, about 7 minutes; remove from heat. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Blueberry-Oatmeal Blondies," 20 May 2019 Like any other bits of matter, flecks of makeup can get trapped on or under your lens, Dr. Fogt says. Korin Miller, SELF, "8 Possible Reasons Your Contacts Feel So Scratchy," 8 Aug. 2018 Not a single stroke of eyeliner or fleck of glitter is in sight, either (honestly, to my dismay). Devon Abelman, Allure, "How EXO's Baekhyun Put His Identity into Privé Alliance," 9 Mar. 2019 Pinkie Pie Pink has a hot pink base and Twilight Sparkle Purple has an ultraviolet one — both have silver flecks scattered throughout the mask. Shannon Barbour, The Cut, "These My Little Pony Face Masks Are Worth a Trip to Sephora," 16 Mar. 2018 Omorovicza’s skin-softening blend of apricot kernel, calendula, and carrot oils, infused with reparative golden flecks, packs a one-two punch that delivers a gleaming head-to-toe glow. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "8 Gold Beauty Products for Your Brightest New Year’s Eve Yet," 31 Dec. 2018 Mix for 1 minute until combined and no visible flecks of dry ingredients can be seen. Nik Sharma, SFChronicle.com, "A Brown Kitchen: Mango layer cake for a fresh summer treat," 11 July 2018 Our green smoothie was peppered with flecks of kale and strawberry seeds. Betty Gold, Good Housekeeping, "We Tried It: Magic Bullet's NutriBullet Blender," 22 Feb. 2015

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First Known Use of fleck

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for fleck

Verb

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

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Dictionary Entries near fleck

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fléchette

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flecked

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More Definitions for fleck

fleck

noun

English Language Learners Definition of fleck

: a small spot or mark

fleck

verb
\ 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.

fleck

noun

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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