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From Middle English flekked, from Old Norse flekka (to spot), from Proto-Germanic *flekk-. Cognate to Dutch vlek.



fleck (plural flecks)

  1. A flake
  2. A lock, as of wool.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of J. Martin to this entry?)
  3. A small spot or streak; a speckle.
    • Longfellow
      A sunny fleck.
    • Tennyson
      Life is dashed with flecks of sin.


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fleck (third-person singular simple present flecks, present participle flecking, simple past and past participle flecked)

  1. (transitive) To mark with small spots
    • 1908, W[illiam] B[lair] M[orton] Ferguson, chapter IV, in Zollenstein, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, OCLC 731476803:
      So this was my future home, I thought! [] Backed by towering hills, the but faintly discernible purple line of the French boundary off to the southwest, a sky of palest Gobelin flecked with fat, fleecy little clouds, it in truth looked a dear little city; the city of one's dreams.