from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A tiny mark or spot: flecks of mica in the rock.
  • n. A small bit or flake: flecks of foam; a fleck of dandruff.
  • transitive v. To spot or streak: the path was flecked with sunlight.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A flake
  • n. A lock, as of wool.
  • n. A small spot or streak; a speckle.
  • v. To mark with small spots

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A flake; also, a lock, as of wool.
  • n. A spot; a streak; a speckle.
  • transitive v. To spot; to streak or stripe; to variegate; to dapple.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To spot; streak or stripe; dapple. Also flecker.
  • n. A spot; a streak; a splash; a stain.
  • n. Specifically In entomology, an irregular and generally elongate dot of color: applied especially to such dots on the wings of butterflies and moths.
  • n. A flake; a lock.
  • n. A dialectal form of flitch.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a small fragment of something broken off from the whole
  • n. a small contrasting part of something
  • v. make a spot or mark onto


Probably from Middle English flekked, spotted; akin to Old Norse flekkr, spot.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English flekked, from Old Norse flekka ("to spot"), from Proto-Germanic *flekk-. (Wiktionary)



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