speck


1speck

noun \ˈspek\

: a very small piece or spot

: a very small amount

Full Definition of SPECK

1
:  a small discoloration or spot especially from stain or decay
2
:  a very small amount :  bit
3
:  something marked or marred with specks
specked \ˈspekt\ adjective

Examples of SPECK

  1. There was not a speck of dust anywhere.
  2. Soon the balloon was only a speck in the sky.
  3. She writes without a speck of humor.

Origin of SPECK

Middle English specke, from Old English specca
First Known Use: before 12th century

2speck

transitive verb

Definition of SPECK

:  to produce specks on or in

Examples of SPECK

  1. <dirt that had specked the windows of the factory for ages>

First Known Use of SPECK

14th century

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