Definition of freckle in English:

freckle

noun

  • A small patch of light brown colour on the skin, often becoming more pronounced through exposure to the sun.

    ‘she had a light sprinkling of freckles on her nose’
    • ‘Somewhere between his words, he has managed to move so close to me that I can make out light freckles sprinkled on his nose.’
    • ‘Her skin was creamy white with a scattering of light freckles on her high cheekbones.’
    • ‘She was tall and blonde, light skin, freckles sprinkled across her nose and northern cheeks.’
    • ‘What we're talking about here are freckles and moles and identifying those which may be turning malignant.’
    • ‘She had curly brown hair to her shoulders and brown eyes, freckles spread sparingly across her nose and cheeks.’
    • ‘A short girl with long black hair and freckles spotting her creamy skin was walking up behind him.’
    • ‘He really is breath taking, everything from the way his hair falls across his eyes to the light dusting of freckles across his nose is beautiful.’
    • ‘More modern treatments for lightening freckles include freezing them with liquid nitrogen.’
    • ‘He was a bit taller than me, with dark brown spiked hair, freckles, a lopsided smile and strange amber eyes.’
    • ‘Her tan skin looked pale, making the light freckles on her nose stand out more.’
    • ‘I also noticed he had a light sprinkling of freckles across his face, probably from the sun.’
    • ‘A splash of freckles spread across his nose, but not as many as Johnny had.’
    • ‘I had a crush on him in middle school because I thought his brown eyes and freckles were cute.’
    • ‘It is very easy to disguise most birthmarks and freckles with makeup; there is an endless supply on sale.’
    • ‘He was a tall, lanky fellow, with pale skin sprinkled with freckles, and dark brown hair.’
    • ‘A freckle is an increase in pigment in the innermost layer of the epidermis, which is the top layer of skin.’
    • ‘He was muscular with light brown hair, blue eyes and a dusting of freckles across his nose.’
    • ‘A splash of freckles dusted across his nose and cheeks and he wore a brown peaked cap just like the one he'd worn as a boy.’
    • ‘He was short and thin, with fair hair and a light sprinkle of freckles on his nose.’
    • ‘She had green eyes, and a light sprinkling of freckles across the bridge of her nose.’
    spot, mark, patch, pop, dot, speck, speckle, freckle, smudge, smear, streak, stain, blotch, blot, splash, dab, daub
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verb

  • Cover or become covered with freckles.

    no object ‘skin which freckles easily’
    • ‘Jordan was lanky and freckled and his hair was as big as a kickball.’
    • ‘I was nothing compared to my cousins, whose shoulders were almost tan they were so freckled.’
    • ‘This freckling is not seen in patients without neurofibromatosis.’
    • ‘His face is freckled, weather-beaten and chunky, and his hair is tied back in a long ponytail.’
    • ‘While the use of makeup can conceal freckles, there is no way for those disposed to freckling to avoid them other than by avoiding exposing their skin to sunlight.’
    • ‘Persons who have a tendency to burn and freckle rather than tan also have an increased melanoma risk.’
    • ‘Her skin was tanned and freckled, and the girl was positively cute.’
    • ‘Being pale and freckled I've always burned easily, but never as rapidly as I do now.’
    • ‘The sun was beating down upon my skin but I didn't care whether I freckled, that was completely unimportant now.’
    • ‘The normal response to solar radiation is an increase in melanin production, which causes uniform tanning in most persons but leads to freckling in some.’
    • ‘My skin is neither tan nor pale and it is freckled but not noteworthy in its freckling.’
    • ‘A child may also develop freckling in the folds of the skin of the armpit or groin or on other parts of the body where the skin creases.’
    • ‘Her skin was generally free of freckling elsewhere, and she had little evidence of sun damage.’
    • ‘Whether or not this gene is related to the freckling mechanism will be determined in a future study.’
    • ‘The degree of freckling on the face, arms and shoulders also was noted using a standardized freckling chart that compares the coverage and density of freckles.’
    • ‘More generalized freckling may also occur on the trunk and neck and in the sub mammary region in women.’
    • ‘Her hair was fair, lightened by the sun and the sea, and her skin was tanned and freckled.’
    • ‘At 76, age has worked around him, not swallowed him whole, softening him from his photo likeness, freckling the skin and hands, pulling at the neck and hooding the eyes.’
    • ‘Her skin was tanned and freckled from hours spent in the sun and only made her aqua eyes even more striking.’
    • ‘He rapped gently upon the door, and it was opened by a tall, freckled boy with dirty blonde hair.’
    speckled, blotched, blotchy, spotted, spotty, dotted, streaked, streaky, mottled, marbled, flecked, freckled, stippled, piebald, skewbald, pied, brindled, brindle, tabby, marled
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Origin

Late Middle English: alteration of dialect frecken, from Old Norse freknur (plural).

Pronunciation

freckle

/ˈfrɛk(ə)l/