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

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Allocate yourself time to deep clean the wall, spackle any holes, and let the surface fully dry. Madeleine Bokan, House Beautiful, "The Best Paint Finish For Every Room," 2 July 2019 Construction tools include shovels and buckets but also metal flashing, paint brushes, and spackle knives. Anna Marlis Burgard, National Geographic, "This summer’s best island festivals in the U.S.," 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,, "This HIP Chick's mission: Teaching women to drill, tile, dry wall, and become tool-efficient," 6 Apr. 2018 The group would help fund or beautify the roads, then spackle them with name markers and the occasional monument. Erin Blakemore, The Atlantic, "How the Confederacy Is Etched Into American Roads," 29 Aug. 2017 And Jon’s miraculous survival is only the latest curious Game of Thrones plot twist that fans have tried to spackle over with theories. Joanna Robinson, HWD, "New Game of Thrones Interviews Help Explain Why There Are So Many Crazy Fan Theories Now," 22 Aug. 2017

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circa 1940, in the meaning defined above

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