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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb That quote would seem to portend a mournful reflection on death and the sacrifices of art, but sparks of illumination, irreverence, tragicomedy and even joy continually fleck the material. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 Feb. 2022 Super-yachts, sailboats, and inflatables crowd the marinas and fleck the horizon. Rachel Howard, Travel + Leisure, 27 Dec. 2021 Curreri and Sproule had spent time in Nairobi, collaborating with Kenyan musicians, and a few songs are flecked with West African rhythms and burbling bass lines. Brendan Fitzgerald, Longreads, 14 Mar. 2020 No movie star could have pulled off the role of Mister Rogers—a kind of pop-culture saint—except Tom Hanks, who radiates a pastor’s goodness flecked with self-awareness. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, 5 Feb. 2020 Older men, their beards flecked with soup, ate near young parents whose children had spilled food down their sweaters. Amelia Nierenberg, New York Times, 21 Apr. 2020 Lopez, meanwhile, wore cream colored nails flecked with Lakers gold. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, 25 Feb. 2020 This eatery near Sunnyslope serves churros glazed with honey, chocolate or vanilla, flecked with toppings including almond slices, sprinkles and crushed Oreo cookies. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, azcentral, 3 Feb. 2020 Big Mozz, a New York company that was expecting to serve about half a million pounds of pecorino- and parsley-flecked mozzarella sticks at seasonal events this year, had planned to hire 200 people. Pete Wells, New York Times, 7 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Down the hill is Ojo Caliente, a fleck of a town with a post office, two cafes and a spa with hot springs used by generations of Pueblo people before being named by 16th-century Spanish explorer Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca. Washington Post, 1 Apr. 2022 Down the hill is Ojo Caliente, a fleck of a town with a post office, two cafes and a spa with hot springs used by generations of Pueblo people before being named by 16th-century Spanish explorer Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca. Karin Brulliard And Adria Malcolm, Anchorage Daily News, 2 Apr. 2022 Imagine lying on a beach or by a pool, the sun kissing every gold fleck in your body oil and leaving you glowing (and tanned) from head to toe. ELLE, 15 Apr. 2022 Even a fleck of paint is enough to damage the window of a spacecraft. Clarisa Diaz, Quartz, 3 Feb. 2022 And this island would be the hospital’s unlikely home — more specifically, Boao, a fleck of a town on Hainan’s eastern coast. Rebecca Ostriker, BostonGlobe.com, 26 Dec. 2021 Watery with pebble- and fleck-size bits of squash and carrots that reminded me of sipping a toddler’s backwash. Alex Beggs, Bon Appétit, 24 Nov. 2021 Even a fleck of paint can do major damage when orbiting at 17,500 mph. The Associated. Press, Arkansas Online, 16 Nov. 2021 Even a fleck of paint can do major damage when orbiting at 17,500 mph (28,000 kph). Marcia Dunn, Anchorage Daily News, 16 Nov. 2021 See More

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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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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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