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From Middle English freken, frekel, from Old Norse freknur pl (compare Swedish fräknar, Danish fregner), s-less variant of Proto-Germanic *sprekalą (freckle) (compare dialectal Norwegian sprekla, Middle High German spreckel), from Proto-Indo-European *sp(h)er(e)g- (to strew, sprinkle). Cognate with Albanian fruth (measles). More at spark. Related to spry, sprack.



freckle (plural freckles)

  1. A small brownish or reddish pigmentation spot on the surface of the skin.
    Steve has brown hair, blue eyes, and freckles on his cheeks and nose.
    • (Can we date this quote?), Charlotte Druitt Cole, Runaway Jane:
      The rabbits came out from their burrows to peep,
      The wind whispered, "Hush! little Jane's gone to sleep!"
      And the spiders came spinning a curtain of lace,
      Lest the sun should make freckles on Jane's pretty face.
  2. Any small spot or discoloration.


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freckle (third-person singular simple present freckles, present participle freckling, simple past and past participle freckled)

  1. (transitive) To cover with freckles.
  2. (intransitive) To become covered with freckles.

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