freckle

noun
freck·​le | \ ˈfre-kəl How to pronounce freckle (audio) \

Definition of freckle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: any of the small brownish spots in the skin due to augmented melanin production that increase in number and intensity on exposure to sunlight

freckle

verb
freckled; freckling\ ˈfre-​k(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce freckling (audio) \

Definition of freckle (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to sprinkle or mark with freckles or small spots

intransitive verb

: to become marked with freckles

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Other Words from freckle

Noun

freckly \ ˈfre-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce freckly (audio) \ adjective

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The lanky frame and coarse hair, the cluster of freckles over the long, humped nose. J. Robert Lennon, The New Yorker, "The Loop," 19 Aug. 2019 Associate digital beauty director Sarah Kinonen had several off-center wrist freckles hiding under her Apple watch. Marci Robin, Allure, "The Viral “Wrist Freckle Challenge” Aims to Prove Everyone Has Matching Moles on Their Arms," 30 May 2019 In humans, erythrism may be responsible, at least in part, for red hair and freckles, according to the Huffington Post. Fox News, "Pink grasshopper, unusual and 'extremely rare,' spotted in UK garden," 13 Aug. 2019 Tall, slender and white with reddish hair and freckles, Connor is in his late 20s, single and with no children of his own. Leila Atassi, cleveland.com, "Princeton Korper gets a new ‘Big Brother’ after the first one let him down: A Greater Cleveland," 8 July 2019 Back in August, Perrie had shared an Instagram selfie that showcased her freckles and touched on her previous skin insecurities. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Perrie Edwards Was Teased for Having Freckles," 19 Oct. 2018 The computer had concluded that this killer would most likely have some freckles, brown hair, and light blue eyes. CBS News, "Podcast spotlights Mississippi double murder – can new DNA technology solve the cold case?," 29 June 2019 Many never even noticed their freckle before the meme went viral. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "The Internet is Freaking Out Because All of These Women Have a Freckle in the EXACT Same Spot," 30 May 2019 But Meghan rightfully stuck to her comfort zone for the wedding, settling on smoky eyeshadow, sheer-pink lips, dewy skin, and, of course, letting her signature freckles shine through. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "Prince Harry Thanked Meghan Markle's Wedding Makeup Artist for Making Her Look Like Herself," 8 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Sandy toes, freckled nose. Drown out pier pressure. Lizz Schumer, Good Housekeeping, "40 Perfect Beach Captions for Instagram to Document Your Amazing Vacation," 4 Sep. 2019 African Americans who are fair skinned and freckled. Amy Dickinson, The Denver Post, "Ask Amy: Co-worker ponders being terrible about race," 24 July 2019 African Americans who are fair skinned and freckled. Amy Dickinson, Washington Post, "Ask Amy: Co-worker ponders questioning baby’s parentage," 24 July 2019 Wispy brows and freckled cheeks tied everything together. Akili King, Vogue, "The Best Beauty Instagrams of the Week: Selena Gomez, Emily Ratajkowski, and More," 19 May 2019 That curiosity — along with a sense of needfulness, despair and eventual homicidal rage — plays out across Chucky’s freckled face, brought to life by award-winning character FX studio MastersFX. Jen Yamato, latimes.com, "How the ‘Child’s Play’ remake redesigned Chucky, a smart doll with a killer glitch," 21 June 2019 The top racers are tanned and freckled from time spent running outside, with muscular arms and uneven tan lines. Pia Peterson, New York Times, "Road Race of the Superwomen," 5 July 2018 Today Frances is a slender, lightly freckled 12-year-old with her dad's warm brown eyes. Maia Szalavitz, Scientific American, "Autism—It's Different in Girls," 1 Mar. 2016 The sugar cookie dough is freckled with colorful sprinkles. Ann Trieger Kurland, BostonGlobe.com, "A new summer treat: Cookie dough that’s safe to eat," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of freckle

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1613, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for freckle

Noun

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

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freckle

noun

English Language Learners Definition of freckle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a small, brownish spot on someone's skin

freckle

verb

English Language Learners Definition of freckle (Entry 2 of 2)

: to be or become marked with freckles or spots

freckle

noun
freck·​le | \ ˈfre-kəl How to pronounce freckle (audio) \

Kids Definition of freckle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a small brownish spot on the skin

freckle

verb
freckled; freckling

Kids Definition of freckle (Entry 2 of 2)

: to mark or become marked with freckles or spots His face was tanned and freckled by the sun.

freckle

noun
freck·​le | \ ˈfrek-əl How to pronounce freckle (audio) \

Medical Definition of freckle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

Other Words from freckle

freckled \ -​əld How to pronounce freckled (audio) \ adjective

freckle

transitive verb
freckled; freckling\ ˈfrek-​(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce freckling (audio) \

Medical Definition of freckle (Entry 2 of 2)

: to become marked with freckles

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