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

Creamy coleslaw, lavished with mayonnaise and flecked with celery seed, traditionally accompanies the Kansas City barbecue big three (brisket, chicken and ribs), and is popular just about everywhere else. Steven Raichlen, New York Times, "Coleslaw Kissed by Fire," 2 Aug. 2019 My skin falls into the light-medium range, but my undertones are textbook olive; anything too pearly or silver-flecked immediately reads as Chalktown, U.S.A. — not exactly a great look. Karina Hoshikawa, refinery29.com, "This Is The Top-Selling Highlighter In The U.S. — Here Are My Honest Thoughts," 10 June 2019 The real star here, though, is the midnight pasta, which is flecked with guanciale and doused in grana padano, chili, and basil. Amy Louise Bailey, Vogue, "The New York City Restaurants to Know This Fall," 31 Aug. 2018 Many home cooks love the slow-and-soothing process of stirring up a creamy, cheese-flecked pot from scratch and wouldn't dream of tapping a few buttons on the microwave to yield a bowl of the goods. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "Jacksonville Beach Restaurant Debuts Its Own Line of Microwavable Grits," 26 July 2019 The boulder, 9 feet high and perhaps 40 feet around, sits impressively amid dandelion-flecked grass by the parking lot of the O’Connell Athletic Complex — the OC, St. Joe students call it. courant.com, "In Our Midst: St. Joseph’s Grads Create A Rock Of Ages," 9 July 2019 The star of this meal, though, and what would become a recurring presence on our table, was taramasalata — whipped fish roe spread, flecked with fresh dill and drizzled with olive oil. Luke Pyenson, BostonGlobe.com, "When the best food around is right where you’re staying," 18 June 2019 The show opens with a massive self-portrait titled Me (2019): Fratino’s face half covered by shadow, a shy smile playing across his lips, fist-sized pupils flecked with green, like solid orbs of malachite. Christopher Alessandrini, The New York Review of Books, "‘Boys Do It Better’: The Paintings of Louis Fratino," 18 May 2019 And all of these stories are flecked with sadness; each of them channels the out-of-body experience of every exile, forever divided from part of one’s self. Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'Ellis' tales of immigrants suggest no one is an island," 11 Feb. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Color statements can make an appearance on counters or backsplashes as flecks of vibrant or reflective color, H-Millard says. Jura Koncius, The Seattle Times, "Sick of all-white kitchens? Here are six ways to spice things up," 16 Oct. 2018 The buttercream will be ready when there are no visible flecks of butter and the mixture is thick, creamy and soft (about 72 degrees). Nik Sharma, SFChronicle.com, "A Brown Kitchen: Mango layer cake for a fresh summer treat," 11 July 2018 Diplo was a tiny fleck in the Maryland sky, getting bigger and bigger. Chris Richards, Washington Post, "Did Cam and Diplo make the century’s first great EDM-country song?," 28 June 2019 Today, there are a lot of reasons—mostly omnipresent climate anxiety colored with flecks of outrage over current events—to feel like circumstances are beyond our control. Katherine Ellen Foley, Quartz, "Bill Nye wants you to remember it’s still the best time to be alive," 11 June 2019 There were two glimmering eye styles, drawn directly from the shining dresses in Van Noten’s collection: One was a mix of gold and silver flecks, the other a potpourri pot of pink and gold and silvery blue. Monica Kim, Vogue, "The Dries Van Noten Girl’s Guide to Elegant Makeup After Dark," 27 Feb. 2019 The presentation was perfect: not a fleck of sugar on the rim of the ramekin; the elongated stem of the spoon magically balanced on the edge of the dish. Laura Delarato, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Dessert in Paris That Allowed Me to Finally Enjoy Eating in Public," 3 July 2019 These mineral flecks — some too small to see even under a microscope — offer a peek into Earth’s otherwise unreachable interior. Quanta Magazine, "The Hunt for Earth’s Deep Hidden Oceans," 11 July 2018 The finished product is an almost spongy material that looks a little like compacted dryer lint with flecks of plastic and tiny shreds of newsprint intertwined throughout. Dennis Pillion | Dpillion@al.com, al.com, "Montgomery bet $31 million on future of recycling and its ‘magic garbage machine’," 17 June 2019

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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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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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