1. a speck; a small bit: a fleck of dirt.
  2. a spot or small patch of color, light, etc.: the dapple mare with flecks of gray.
  3. a spot or mark on the skin, as a freckle.

verb (used with object)

  1. to mark with a fleck or flecks; spot; dapple.


  1. a small marking or streak; speckle
  2. a small particle; specka fleck of dust


  1. Also: flecker (tr) to mark or cover with flecks; speckle

1590s, from fleck (v.) or else from Middle Dutch vlecke or Old Norse flekkr.


late 14c., probably from Old Norse flekka “to spot,” from Proto-Germanic *flekk- (cf. Middle Dutch vlecke, Old High German flec, German Fleck), from PIE *pleik- “to tear” (see flay). Related: Flecked; flecking.

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