From Middle English freken, frekel, from Old Norse freknur pl (compare Swedish fräknar, Danish fregner), s-less variant of Old English sprecel from 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.
freckle (plural freckles)
- 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.
- c. 1920s-1930s, Charlotte Druitt Cole, Runaway Jane:
- The rabbits came out from their burrows to peep,
- The wind whispered, "Hush! little Jane's gone to sleep!"
- And the spiders came spinning a curtain of lace,
- Lest the sun should make freckles on Jane's pretty face.
- Any small spot or discoloration.
- (Australia) A small sweet consisting of a flattish mound of chocolate covered in hundreds and thousands.
- (Australia, slang) The anus.
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