Definition of fleck in US English:



  • 1A very small patch of color or light.

    ‘his blue eyes had gray flecks in them’
    ‘flecks of sunshine’
    • ‘It has a fine texture and is usually orange, with a few flecks of other colours.’
    • ‘The man is described as having stubble, with short black hair, possibly with flecks of grey, and dark clothing.’
    • ‘The flecks of brown in his shimmering green eyes shined like specks of gold.’
    • ‘His hair is thick and wild; he's kept his trademark beard, although it now shows flecks of grey, and he looks lean and fit.’
    • ‘The candle flame shivered, tossing flecks of light over something on the dresser that I hadn't noticed before.’
    • ‘In the mid-1930s she began to attract attention with pictures consisting of flecks of colour against a greyish or neutral background.’
    • ‘He is described as white, aged between 32 and 38, 5ft 7ins, of broad build, with brown hair with flecks of grey.’
    • ‘He was a big, good-natured fellow with a scrubby brown beard that had liberal flecks of gray.’
    • ‘It was there now, though, and it was a slightly blue color, with flecks of gray and black.’
    • ‘For a moment I was struck breathless as I noticed the tiny golden flecks of colour and sparkle that resided in his iris.’
    • ‘The flecks of light that managed their way through the dense leaves danced across her face, gently stopping at her eyes, lighting them like shards of glass on the dawn's rising.’
    • ‘The flecks of light appeared to be summoning the wisdom of the ages.’
    • ‘His eyes are grey with flecks of indigo and dark, dark blue.’
    • ‘The golden flecks in his eyes sparked even in the darkness of the vehicle.’
    • ‘She landed only a few short feet away; her beautiful feathers danced with flecks of light filtering through the leaves above.’
    • ‘White flecks of light shone through, like tiny glimmering stars.’
    • ‘The morning sun rays broke though the trees and sprinkled the ground with flecks of light.’
    • ‘We stood, quietly, as the few flecks of light disappeared from the horizon.’
    • ‘Soft flecks of light winked off the frames of his gold-rimmed glasses and the heavy gold ring in his left ear.’
    • ‘She was close enough to see that his eyes had flecks of light blue in them.’
    spot, mark, patch, pop, dot, speck, speckle, freckle, smudge, smear, streak, stain, blotch, blot, splash, dab, daub
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    1. 1.1 A small particle or speck of something.
      ‘brushing a few flecks of dandruff from his suit’
      • ‘The sky is deep blue, and it's snowing; glittery flakes drifting down to earth like small flecks of angel dust.’
      • ‘Bare bulbs were hanging from the ceiling casting an eerie light, revealing tiny flecks of dust filtering through the air.’
      • ‘Glancing up at the ceiling, she noticed that there was now - after nearly two months of flecks and chips dropping down onto her head and her floor - a clear hole above her.’
      • ‘In other pieces, the swirls and flecks of underlayers resemble the endpapers of antique books.’
      • ‘Her lime green nail polish was chipping, and there were flecks of dirt.’
      • ‘Detail was muddled, and there were occasional specks and flecks in the print.’
      bit, tiny bit, piece, tiny piece, speck, spot, dot, atom, molecule
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[with object]
  • Mark or dot with small patches of color or particles of something.

    ‘the minarets are flecked with gold leaf’
    • ‘Her hair, tied at the back with a pencil, is flecked with the odd strand of grey and, of course, there are lines on her face.’
    • ‘Their long white necks were flecked with the tiniest feathers of iridescent azure and jade and they walked on their thin bright yellow legs with a magnificent strut.’
    • ‘And it has the appearance of Shetland wool because it is flecked with white yarns.’
    • ‘His voice rose with each word and spittle flecked his lips.’
    • ‘The thick green carpet is flecked with gold, the walls are cream and dividing arches are lit to warm gold by downward-angled lights.’
    • ‘Kyle's brown eyes were flecked with green and his blonde-streaked brown hair was in a ponytail.’
    • ‘The morning sky was flecked with little snowy clouds; the air was full of pine-resin.’
    • ‘Breeding adults have yellow bills, iridescent feathers that shine purple and green and are flecked with white spots.’
    • ‘She came to him with a smile on her lips, which were flecked with red lipstick.’
    • ‘He coughed again, more painfully, and now his lips were flecked with blood.’
    • ‘Yesterday bullet holes spattered the walls and the floor was flecked with blood.’
    • ‘His dark brown hair was flecked with golden brown and sat flat on his head but curled around his ears, neck and forehead.’
    • ‘The rest of her was flecked with silver and darker shades of gray, particularly on her muzzle and back.’
    • ‘His features were twisted and mottled with rage, and foam flecked his lips as he rasped at her.’
    • ‘Our streets are used as dumping grounds, our buildings are covered with graffiti and our pavements are flecked with sticky-gum.’
    • ‘The water looked mixed with black paint, but the surface was flecked with yellow spots of light.’
    • ‘The bottom of the wound was flecked with very small dots of blood.’
    • ‘He stared at her; his green eyes were flecked with gold, and something else.’
    • ‘He had dark blonde hair that was flecked with bits of red, giving it a strawberry blonde appearance.’
    • ‘His pale face was sprinkled with freckles, and Cally noticed that his green eyes were flecked with brown.’
    spot, mark, stain, dot, speckle, bespeckle, freckle, stipple, stud, bestud, blotch, mottle, smudge, streak, splash, spatter, bespatter, scatter, sprinkle
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Late Middle English (as a verb): perhaps from Old Norse flekkr (noun), flekka (verb), or from Middle Low German, Middle Dutch vlecke.