freckle

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noun

freck·​le ˈfre-kəl How to pronounce freckle (audio)
: any of the small brownish spots in the skin due to augmented melanin production that increase in number and intensity on exposure to sunlight
freckly adjective

freckle

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verb

freckled; freckling ˈfre-k(ə-)liŋ How to pronounce freckle (audio)

transitive verb

: to sprinkle or mark with freckles or small spots

intransitive verb

: to become marked with freckles

Examples of freckle in a Sentence

Noun a pale, redheaded girl with freckles across her cheeks Verb His skin freckles but doesn't tan. Tiny black spots freckled the walls.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Celebrate smile lines, shave your head, grow a wig collection, get freckles, show some skin — stretch marks, scars, wrinkles, cellulite, and all. Ct Jones, Rolling Stone, 9 July 2024 Genetics plays a role in freckle development, as some people are born with genes that make having freckles more likely. William Truswell, Verywell Health, 1 July 2024
Verb
The profiteroles, drizzled with warm, rich, dark chocolate, are like little elegant ice cream sandwiches freckled with powdered sugar. Detroit Free Press, 6 Mar. 2024 Fake but seriously lifelike clusters of plants and patches of moss freckle the room’s landscape. Bill Addison, Los Angeles Times, 8 Feb. 2024 See all Example Sentences for freckle 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English freken, frekel, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse freknōttr freckled

First Known Use

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1613, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of freckle was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Freckle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/freckle. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

freckle

1 of 2 noun
freck·​le ˈfrek-əl How to pronounce freckle (audio)
: a small brownish spot in the skin
freckly adjective

freckle

2 of 2 verb
freckled; freckling ˈfrek-(ə-)liŋ How to pronounce freckle (audio)
: to mark or become marked with freckles

Medical Definition

freckle

1 of 2 noun
freck·​le ˈfrek-əl How to pronounce freckle (audio)
: any of the small brownish spots in the skin that are due to augmented melanin production and that increase in number and intensity on exposure to sunlight

called also ephelis

compare lentigo
freckled adjective

freckle

2 of 2 transitive verb
freckled; freckling ˈfrek-(ə-)liŋ How to pronounce freckle (audio)
: to become marked with freckles

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