fly·​speck | \ ˈflī-ˌspek How to pronounce flyspeck (audio) \

Definition of flyspeck

1 : a speck made by fly excrement
2 : something small and insignificant

Other Words from flyspeck

flyspeck transitive verb

Examples of flyspeck in a Sentence

She grew up in a flyspeck of a town. surreptitiously removed a flyspeck of dirt from the china
Recent Examples on the Web Sooty blotch looks like a brown or black blotch on the fruit; sooty blotch, unlike flyspeck, will wipe off the fruit. Megan Hughes, Better Homes & Gardens, 2 June 2022 Travelers jumping into the West Texas badlands from Mexico through Candelaria, a flyspeck village 50 miles up two-lane blacktop northwest of Presidio, might be deceived by the prevailing verdant quiet. Dudley Althaus, San Antonio Express-News, 26 June 2021 To those who grew up with Duncan in the U.S. Virgin Islands, their friend’s voyage from a picturesque flyspeck in the middle of the ocean to the basketball Hall of Fame was equal parts preordained and inconceivable. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, 14 May 2021 But with a thousand islands scattered along their country’s jade-green Adriatic coast, from deserted flyspecks to hipster outposts, there’s no shortage of places to lick one’s wounds—or bask in silver-medal glory. Anja Mutić, WSJ, 19 July 2018 Compared to this, Comcast is a flyspeck, and Charter hasn’t even gotten started. David Dayen, The New Republic, 30 Apr. 2018 Amid these forces, Fed rate hikes are a relative flyspeck, says Doug Duncan, chief economist of Fannie Mae. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, 14 June 2017 For a mere flyspeck, Bogoslof Island has been causing quite a commotion recently. Henry Fountain, New York Times, 30 Dec. 2016 See More

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First Known Use of flyspeck

1723, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Flyspeck.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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