freckle

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Etymology[edit]

Middle English freken, frekel, from Old Norse freknur (plural) (compare Swedish fräknar, Danish fregner), s-less variant of Proto-Germanic *sprekalą 'freckle' (compare dialectal Norwegian 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.

Noun[edit]

freckle (plural freckles)

  1. A small brownish or reddish pigmentation spot on the surface of the skin.
    Steve has brown hair, blue eyes and freckles on his cheeks and nose.
  2. Any small spot or discoloration.

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Verb[edit]

freckle (third-person singular simple present freckles, present participle freckling, simple past and past participle freckled)

  1. (transitive) To cover with freckles.
  2. (intransitive) To become covered with freckles.

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