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

  • n. A small brownish spot on the skin, often turning darker or increasing in number upon exposure to the sun.
  • transitive v. To dot or become dotted with freckles or spots of color.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small brownish or reddish pigmentation spot on the surface of the skin.
  • v. To cover with freckles.
  • v. To become covered with freckles.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A small yellowish or brownish spot in the skin, particularly on the face, neck, or hands.
  • n. Any small spot or discoloration.
  • intransitive v. To become covered or marked with freckles; to be spotted.
  • transitive v. To sprinkle or mark with freckles or small discolored spots; to spot.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To mark with freckles or spots: as, his face was freckled by the sun.
  • To become covered with freckles: as, the face freckles by exposure.
  • n. A brownish-yellow spot in the skin, particularly on the face, neck, or hands, either hereditary or produced by exposure to the sun. These spots usually occur in large number, and are due to increase in the pigment of the lower layers of the epidermis.
  • n. Any small spot or discoloration; a fleck.

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

  • v. become freckled
  • n. a small brownish spot (of the pigment melanin) on the skin
  • v. mark with freckles


From Middle English frakles, freckles, alteration of fraknes, probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Icelandic freknōttr, freckly.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English freken, frekel, from Old Norse freknur pl. (cf. Swedish fräkne, Danish fregne), s-less variant of Proto-Germanic *sprekalan 'freckle' (compare Norwegian dialect 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. (Wiktionary)



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