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fleck

verb \ ˈflek \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of fleck

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

Examples of fleck in a Sentence

  1. She flecked the canvas with blue paint.

  2. to achieve the desired effect, fleck the canvas with paint simply by flicking the brush close to the surface

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Origin and Etymology of fleck

back-formation from flecked spotted, from Middle English; akin to Old High German flec spot, Old Norse flekkr


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fleck

noun

Definition of fleck

1 :spot, mark
  • a brown tweed with flecks of yellow
2 :flake, particle
  • flecks of snow drifted down

Examples of fleck in a Sentence

  1. a brown cloth with flecks of yellow

  2. The police found flecks of blood on his clothes.

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First Known Use of fleck

1598


FLECK Defined for Kids

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fleck

verb \ ˈflek \

Definition of fleck for Students

flecked; flecking
:to mark with small streaks or spots
  • The bananas were flecked with brown.

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fleck

noun

Definition of fleck for Students

1 :1spot 1, mark
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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