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freckle Line breaks: freckle
Pronunciation: /ˈfrɛk(ə)l/

Definition of freckle in English:


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
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  • She was tall and blonde, light skin, freckles sprinkled across her nose and northern cheeks.
  • She had green eyes, and a light sprinkling of freckles across the bridge of her nose.
  • Her skin was creamy white with a scattering of light freckles on her high cheekbones.


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Cover or become covered with freckles: [no object]: skin which freckles easily (as adjective freckled) a freckled face
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  • 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, and the girl was positively cute.
  • Being pale and freckled I've always burned easily, but never as rapidly as I do now.


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



adjective (frecklier, freckliest)
Example sentences
  • She is perhaps eighteen, not quite twenty, the same age Victor would have been had he lived, her freckly face solemnly riveted into an expression of grief and important, patriotic trauma.
  • Oh well, such is life. I'm still reasonably happy with my face, I'll just have to start looking for other freckly girls I find attractive and copy them instead.
  • There is concern that rogue operators are allowing children to use the beds and turning a blind eye to customers with fair, freckly skin, who are more at risk from melanoma than darker-skinned people.

Words that rhyme with freckle

deckle, heckle, Jekyll, shekel, speckle

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