MEANING: adjective: Weak; ineffective; incompetent; irresponsible.

ETYMOLOGY: From Scots feck, from effeck, a variant of effect, from Latin efficere (to accomplish), from ef-, a variant of ex- (thoroughly) + facere (to make). Earliest documented use: 1586.

FECKLERS - foul-mouthed members of the audience giving the speaker a hard time

PECKLESS - a chicken with no beak

FECKLES - little red-brown splotches on the skin of a two-year-old