Origin of dappleMiddle English in compound dappel-grai, dapple-gray from Old Norse depill, a spot, dot, splash of water from dapi, a pool
- a spotted condition
- an animal whose skin is spotted
intransitive verb-·pled, -·pling
- a. Mottled or spotted marking, as on a horse's coat.b. An individual spot.
- An animal with a mottled or spotted skin or coat.
transitive verbdap·pled, dap·pling, dap·ples
Origin of dappleBack-formation from dappled
(comparative more dapple, superlative most dapple)
(third-person singular simple present dapples, present participle dappling, simple past and past participle dappled)
- To mark or become marked with mottling or spots.