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 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, "Ian Book's encore could lead to bigger, better things ahead for Notre Dame," 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, "11 Fast and Easy Ways to Minimize Your Pores, According to Skin Pros," 29 May 2020 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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“Spackle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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