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

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 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 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

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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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fléchette

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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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