- to paint, draw, engrave, or apply in small points or dots rather than in lines or solid areas
- to cover or mark with dots or quick dabs; fleck
Origin of stippleDutch stippelen ; from stippel, a speckle, diminutive of stip, a point, akin to stippen, to prick: for Indo-European base see stiff
- the art or method of painting, drawing, or engraving in dots
- the effect produced by this, or an effect, as in nature, resembling it
- stippled work
transitive verbstip·pled, stip·pling, stip·ples
- To draw, engrave, or paint in dots or short strokes.
- To apply (paint, for example) in dots or short strokes.
- To dot, fleck, or speckle: “They crossed a field stippled with purple weeds” (Flannery O'Connor).
- A method of drawing, engraving, or painting using dots or short strokes.
- The effect produced by stippling.
Origin of stippleDutch stippelen, frequentative of stippen, to speckle, from stip, dot, from Middle Dutch.
(third-person singular simple present stipples, present participle stippling, simple past and past participle stippled)