dapple Meaning, Definition & Usage
noun a small contrasting part of something
speckle; spot; patch; maculation; fleck.
- a bald spot
- a leopard's spots
- a patch of clouds
- patches of thin ice
- a fleck of red
verb colour with streaks or blotches of different shades
One of the spots on a dappled animal.
He has . . . as many eyes on his body as my gray mare hath dapples. Sir P. Sidney.
Dap"ple, Dap"pled adjective
Marked with spots of different shades of color; spotted; variegated; as, a. dapplehorse
Some dapple mists still floated along the peaks. Sir W. Scott.
✍ The word is used in composition to denote that some color is variegated or marked with spots; as, dapple-bay; dapple-gray.
His steed was all dapple-gray. Chaucer.
O, swiftly can speed my dapple-gray steed. Sir W. Scott.
Dap"ple transitive verb
To variegate with spots; to spot.
The gentle day, . . . Dapples the drowsy east with spots of gray. Shak.
The dappled pink and blushing rose. Prior.