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 Once baked, the pancake emerges from the oven golden and fragrant, ready to be dolloped with the most heavenly, creamy yogurt-feta sauce that’s flecked with fresh dill. Ellie Krieger, Washington Post, "To deal with that glut of zucchini, a big, skillet pancake to the rescue," 14 Sep. 2019 On the newspaper’s heat map of the country, deep red spots fleck the Northeast and along the country’s northern border. oregonlive.com, "Washington Post analysis reveals two Oregon counties are among the fastest-warming in the country," 14 Aug. 2019 Naturally, the crowd was flecked with bursts of purple and yellow. Julissa James, Los Angeles Times, "A brief encounter with a very tall DJ: Shaquille ‘Diesel’ O’Neal," 7 Aug. 2019 Her snout was flecked with crusty lesions, a sign of a skin infection common among pigs kept in tight conditions. Travis Dove, New York Times, "Stealing Lauri," 4 Aug. 2019 Ten large aluminum bowls filled with napa cabbages flecked with red pepper rest on my grandmother’s kitchen floor. Lauren Kim, The Mercury News, "How kimchi expresses my grandma’s love," 21 June 2019 His basic bowl is a familiar breed, enough ruddy consommé to fill a swimming pool, flecked with onion and cilantro and spiked with chiles. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "Everything you need to know about 2 new Mexican food trucks including what to order and when to find them," 30 July 2019 The Warsaw Book Fair takes place each May in the National Stadium, a basketlike structure flecked with the red and white of the Polish flag. Ruth Franklin, The New Yorker, "Olga Tokarczuk’s Novels Against Nationalism," 29 July 2019 The troupe’s sui generis productions — skits, movement-rich vignettes and musical interludes, linked by retro motifs — are typically feats of comic whimsy, sometimes flecked with wistful lyricism. Celia Wren, Washington Post, "Angst and comedy among the Olympians in ‘Pantheon’," 24 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun How many of you have ended up with a fleck of shadow lodged underneath your lens? Sophia Panych, Allure, "7 Makeup Tips for People Who Wear Contact Lenses," 20 Aug. 2018 Its gel-like consistency helps the flecks cling to your lids without the need for glue. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Tarte's New Foil Finger Pocket Palettes Are Made Specifically for Applying With Your Fingers," 11 July 2019 According to the scientists, the flecks don’t turn yellow or lose their brightness over time. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Sleek new speaker features recyclable wood cabinet," 27 Dec. 2018 Don’t be misled by the flecks of greenery in the biscuit’s crust. Anna Caplan, star-telegram, "Paula Deen brings Southern favorites to the Dallas area. Just don't expect a diet plate | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 25 Apr. 2018 Using traditional forms of electron microscopy, the cell’s machinery — the ruffled interior of individual mitochondria, the black flecks of ribosomes — comes into focus. Quanta Magazine, "The Overlooked Link Between Two of This Year’s Nobel Prizes," 27 Nov. 2017 Maybe there’s some flecks of sports detritus in that dirt. Jacob Feldman, SI.com, "The Sport of Summer Is Having Downright Despicable Opinions," 9 Aug. 2019 Items that are smaller than a marble are not yet tracked but NASA reckons there are millions; and at velocities of more than 27,000km per hour, even a fleck of paint can cause damage. The Economist, "Space law is inadequate for the boom in human activity there," 17 July 2019 The baby, a stranger, yet so strangely familiar, flecks of blood still stuck to her scalp. Ellen Bass, The New Yorker, "Because," 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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Time Traveler for fleck

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

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Last Updated

11 Oct 2019

Cite this Entry

“Fleck.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flecking. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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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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