Definition of freckle in English:



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

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

    [no object] ‘skin that freckles easily’
    ‘a freckled face’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This freckling is not seen in patients without neurofibromatosis.’
    • ‘The sun was beating down upon my skin but I didn't care whether I freckled, that was completely unimportant now.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I was nothing compared to my cousins, whose shoulders were almost tan they were so 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Persons who have a tendency to burn and freckle rather than tan also have an increased melanoma risk.’
    • ‘Her hair was fair, lightened by the sun and the sea, and her skin was tanned and freckled.’
    • ‘He rapped gently upon the door, and it was opened by a tall, freckled boy with dirty blonde hair.’
    • ‘Being pale and freckled I've always burned easily, but never as rapidly as I do now.’
    • ‘More generalized freckling may also occur on the trunk and neck and in the sub mammary region in women.’
    • ‘Her skin was tanned and freckled from hours spent in the sun and only made her aqua eyes even more striking.’
    • ‘Her skin was tanned and freckled, and the girl was positively cute.’
    • ‘Whether or not this gene is related to the freckling mechanism will be determined in a future study.’
    • ‘Jordan was lanky and freckled and his hair was as big as a kickball.’
    • ‘My skin is neither tan nor pale and it is freckled but not noteworthy in its freckling.’
    • ‘His face is freckled, weather-beaten and chunky, and his hair is tied back in a long ponytail.’
    • ‘Her skin was generally free of freckling elsewhere, and she had little evidence of sun damage.’
    speckled, blotched, blotchy, spotted, spotty, dotted, streaked, streaky, mottled, marbled, flecked, freckled, stippled, piebald, skewbald, pied, brindled, brindle, tabby, marled
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Late Middle English: alteration of dialect frecken, from Old Norse freknur (plural).