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)
- 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.
- Any small spot or discoloration.
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