A woman with freckles on her cheek.
Origin of freckleMiddle English frekel, altered ; from frakene ; from Scandinavian as in Norwegian dialect, dialectal frokle, freckle and amp; Norwegian frekna, Danish fregne, Swedish fräkne, Old Norse freknōttr, freckled ; from Indo-European base an unverified form (s)p(h)ereg-, to strew: see spark
tr. & intr.v.freck·led, freck·ling, freck·les
Origin of freckleFrom Middle English frakles, freckles, alteration of fraknes, probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse freknōttr, freckly.
(third-person singular simple present freckles, present participle freckling, simple past and past participle freckled)
- To cover with freckles.
- (intransitive) To become covered with freckles.
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.