Etymology
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freckle (n.)

late 14c., also frecken, probably from Old Norse freknur (plural) "freckles" (source also of Icelandic frekna, Danish fregne, Swedish frägne "freckle"), from PIE *(s)preg- (2) "to jerk, scatter" (see sprout (v.)). Related: Freckles.

freckle (v.)

"to cover with spots," 1610s, from freckle (n.). Related: Freckled (from late 14c. as "spotted"); freckling.

updated on January 05, 2015

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Definitions of freckle from WordNet
1
freckle (v.)
become freckled;
I freckle easily
freckle (v.)
mark with freckles;
2
freckle (n.)
a small brownish spot (of the pigment melanin) on the skin;
Synonyms: lentigo
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