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fleck (v.)

late 14c., "to spot, stain, cover with spots," probably from Old Norse flekka "to spot," from Proto-Germanic *flekk- (source also of Middle Dutch vlecke, Old High German flec, German Fleck), from PIE *pleik- "to tear" (see flay). Related: Flecked; flecking.

fleck (n.)

1590s, "a mark on skin, a freckle," of uncertain origin; perhaps from fleck (v.) or else from a related word elsewhere in Germanic, such as Middle Dutch vlecke or Old Norse flekkr "a fleck, spot." From 1750 as "small particle," 1804 as "a patch, a spot" of any kind.

updated on November 22, 2014

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Definitions of fleck from WordNet
1
fleck (n.)
a small fragment of something broken off from the whole;
Synonyms: bit / chip / flake / scrap
fleck (n.)
a small contrasting part of something;
a fleck of red
Synonyms: spot / speckle / dapple / patch / maculation
2
fleck (v.)
make a spot or mark onto;
Synonyms: spot / blob / blot
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