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 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, "“I miss my body when it was ferocious” The Transfiguration of Paul Curreri," 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, "Oscars 2020 Spotlight: The Actors," 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, "In Poland, Communist-Era Restaurants Are Perfect for the Moment," 21 Apr. 2020 Lopez, meanwhile, wore cream colored nails flecked with Lakers gold. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "Beyoncé and Jennifer Lopez Paid Tribute to Kobe and Gigi Bryant With Nail Art," 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, "From Nobu to Matt's Big Breakfast: 27 restaurants that opened in metro Phoenix in January," 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, "Outdoor Oysters and Beer? Still on Ice, With Summer Nowhere in Sight," 7 Apr. 2020 These wings are variegated and flecked with pigment, taking on the radiant transparency of monochrome stained glass. Daisy Alioto, The New York Review of Books, "Plagues and Pandemics: Further Reading," 27 Mar. 2020 That leaves more room on the table for other festive Spanish-inflected holiday dishes like shrimp stew, oyster ceviche with Cara Cara oranges, saffron rice with golden raisins and red-wine sangria flecked with vanilla bean. Leilani Marie Labong, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Area chef welcomes pavo borracho, or drunken turkey, to Christmas table," 20 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Arnold told me that the most worrying thing about debris was the randomness: a fleck could come from anywhere, at any time. Raffi Khatchadourian, The New Yorker, "Read More," 21 Sep. 2020 These pieces were typically built of quartersawn white oak—a wood that displays a dramatic grain pattern, or fleck--and stained a deep brown. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "How To Build This Expert-Level Dresser on Your Own," 8 Aug. 2020 On the rock’s surface, a barely visible fleck of light gray—an extremity of the ancient creature—is the only giveaway. Tommy Trenchard, Smithsonian Magazine, "Why the Jurassic Coast Is One of the Best Fossil-Collecting Sites on Earth," 4 June 2020 Bake the coconut macaroons for 18-20 minutes or until the top of the cookies start to get a a few flecks of a golden color. Dallas News, "How to make the perfect coconut macaroons for Passover (or anytime)," 6 Apr. 2020 Who was being absurd: the person going out for a drink in Lower Manhattan on a Saturday night or the reporter standing six feet away, wearing gloves, wincing at every tiny fleck of spit arcing out of his subjects’ mouths? Anastasia Edel, The New York Review of Books, "Pandemic Journal, March 17–22," 22 Mar. 2020 But the broken neck of the king has flecks of white. Washington Post, "Repairing a Nativity scene that lost a head," 6 Jan. 2020 For instance, some iterations on Instagram feature glitter for a festive vibe, while other styles are rainbow or have chunky flecks of sparkle underneath the matte topcoat. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "“Sea Glass Nails” Are Here, and They’re Just as Pretty as They Sound," 6 Nov. 2019 Green flecks announce the presence of loroco, a flowering vine whose unopened buds are deployed as a chive-like herb, only milder. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, "A Not-Quite-Restaurant Faces the New Reality," 17 Mar. 2020

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

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“Fleck.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fleck. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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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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