\ 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



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


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


a brown cloth with flecks of yellow The police found flecks of blood on his clothes.
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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 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Quartz and natural stone manufacturers are adding interest to their surfaces using glass chips or metallic flecks. Jura Koncius, The Seattle Times, "Sick of all-white kitchens? Here are six ways to spice things up," 16 Oct. 2018 This is one of the biggest causes of burning after inserting a contact lens, Dr. Fleming says: An eyelash, dust, lint, or even flecks of makeup could be stuck on your lens and bothering you. Korin Miller, SELF, "Here’s Why Your Eyes Are Burning When You Put In Your Contacts," 10 Oct. 2018 For the face, the Illuminating Liquid is made of light-reflecting flecks and looks best on cheekbones, the nose, the cupid’s bow, and the collar bone. Shannon Barbour, The Cut, "These Mermaid-Inspired Products Want to Be a Part of Your World," 11 June 2018 In one particularly striking shot, her eyes were dusted in a gradient of sunset shades that included a pop of orange on her brow bone and under her lids, a swipe of shocking pink on her crease, and a fleck of highlight in her inner corners. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Cardi B Was Named Star of the Year by “People en Español”," 30 Oct. 2018 While some people view photos with flecks of light—or orbs, as they're often known—as a sign of supernatural activity, the society doesn't. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "4 Signs Your House Might Be Haunted," 5 Oct. 2018 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

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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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\ ˈflek \
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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