spack·​le | \ ˈspa-kəl How to pronounce spackle (audio) \
spackled; spackling\ ˈspa-​k(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce spackle (audio) \

Definition of spackle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to apply Spackle paste or other crack-filling paste to



Definition of Spackle (Entry 2 of 2)

used for a compound that is used as a filler for cracks or holes in a surface

Examples of spackle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The butter is salted and soft enough to spackle the bread yellow from edge to edge without the knife scratching harshly. Bettina Makalintal, Bon Appétit, 15 Dec. 2021 Use spackle to fill in the adjustable shelving holes inside the Billy bookcases. Jada Jackson, House Beautiful, 26 Apr. 2021 Apply spackle to cover caulk lines and across each panel to blend the panels into existing walls. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, 17 Mar. 2021 Enough to kind of spackle over the imperfections of which Notre Dame had enough Saturday to make the ABC broadcast crew’s redundant references to a 1993 BC upset of the Irish almost seem relevant at times. Eric Hansen, The Indianapolis Star, 15 Nov. 2020 Think of it as being like spackle for skin, evening out textural imperfections before the paint goes on. Jessica Teich, Good Housekeeping, 29 May 2020 Allocate yourself time to deep clean the wall, spackle any holes, and let the surface fully dry. Madeleine Bokan, House Beautiful, 2 July 2019 Construction tools include shovels and buckets but also metal flashing, paint brushes, and spackle knives. Anna Marlis Burgard, National Geographic, 12 June 2019 Over the two-hour class Wednesday that focused on how to repair drywall and hang pictures safely, Allen offered a plethora of tips, demonstrated how to spackle, install wall anchors, and use a drill, then encouraged women to try it themselves. Susan Snyder,, 6 Apr. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of spackle


circa 1940, in the meaning defined above

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“Spackle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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