fleck

verb
\ˈflek \
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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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 And the drama didn't end there, as makeup artist Tom Pecheux punctuated each gaze with swathes of shimmery jade-green shadow and dabs of gold-flecked glitter. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "7 Couture Beauty Looks That Blew Up on the Paris Runways," 6 July 2018 Onion Snow, an acrylic dating from the 1980s, shows an African-American man against a snow-flecked field. Bonnie L. Cook, Philly.com, "Taylor Oughton, 93, Bucks County illustrator and painter," 8 June 2018 Though concealed by the sun, the moon is still flecked with a few stray particles of light filtered through Earth’s atmosphere. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "The Century’s Longest Lunar Eclipse Will Shroud the Moon This Month," 2 July 2018 An orb with sawtooth mouth clenches a snake, whose head disappears into a cut-out heart flecked with blossoms and flies. Leah Ollman, latimes.com, "The disturbing meets the sweet in Alex Anderson's new sculptures at Gavlak," 4 July 2018 Now, the bar doesn’t bread its own fish, but the cod is sweet, and the coleslaw, flecked with plenty of celery seed, is house-made. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "International flavors, down at the corner bar, are an American experience," 3 July 2018 Like all the best dance songs, Mitski’s smartly catchy melody hides a story of loneliness despite it all, flecked with strains of both jubilant independence and despair. Raisa Bruner, Time, "5 Songs You Need to Listen to This Week," 29 June 2018 Or their bright orange, Moroccan-inflected carrots flecked with crunchy walnuts and fresh dill. S.pellegrino®, Bon Appetit, "A Beach Picnic, L.A. Chef–Style," 25 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Unlike the vintage crystals Gerstein used for Lively's Met Gala look, these are tiny stones that accented the glitter flecks inside the red polish (Toggle to the Top) used to paint the Deadpool heart on her right hand and face on her left. Samantha Sasso, refinery29.com, "The Unique Way Blake Lively Supported Ryan Reynolds For Deadpool 2," 15 May 2018 Second, the flecks of diamonds inside the rocky meteorite were much larger than those often found in other space rocks. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Diamonds Trapped in Strange Meteorite Came From Solar System’s Earliest Planets," 19 Apr. 2018 Even very small pieces can be dangerous: In 2016, a paint fleck or metal fragment less than a millimeter across put a divot in an International Space Station window. Anna Diamond, Smithsonian, "Do Marine Mammals Yawn and More Questions From Our Readers," 28 June 2018 And, in case of a dreaded polish chip, Chanel’s trio of sunny shades will transform chips and sand-ridden flecks in seconds. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "What to Stock at Your Beach House, From SPF to a Luxurious Bug Repellant," 15 June 2018 The creamy formula won’t leave you with flecks of highlighter all over your face. Shannon Barbour, The Cut, "Here’s Laura Mercier’s New Limited-Edition Highlighter Palette," 18 June 2018 The homemade banana pudding, with flecks of real vanilla beans, served in a Mason jar is a showstopper. Michelle Newman, San Antonio Express-News, "New Braunfels: Your guide to shopping, dining and hotels," 11 June 2018 Think polenta cakes topped with chubby blackberries baked with flecks of Earl Grey and lemon tarts drizzled with tiny threads of dark chocolate. Genevieve Roth, Bon Appetit, "Fire Island Rustic Bakeshop Gets Me Through the Long Alaskan Winter," 6 June 2018 In a particularly cruel trick, some options that appeared sparkle-free in the pan somehow managed to leave teeny flecks of shine on my face. Erika Stalder, refinery29.com, "The Bronzer That Finally Made Me Believe In Bronzer," 30 May 2018

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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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flèche

fléchette

fleck

flecked

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fleckless

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More Definitions for fleck

fleck

verb
\ˈflek \
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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