\ ˈspek How to pronounce speck (audio) \

Definition of speck

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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; specking; specks

Definition of speck (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to produce specks on or in

Other Words from speck


specked \ ˈspekt How to pronounce speck (audio) \ adjective

Examples of speck in a Sentence

Noun There was not a speck of dust anywhere. Soon the balloon was only a speck in the sky. She writes without a speck of humor. Verb dirt that had specked the windows of the factory for ages
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The camera offers a wide-angle view of an architecturally elegant space filled with warm-honey tones but that has reduced Chiuri to a platinum-haired speck in the distance. Washington Post, 26 Apr. 2022 Those people waving flags at us from a tiny speck of land in the Black Sea are the defenders of Snake Island who on the first day of the invasion famously refused to surrender to Russian warships. Waldemar Januszczak For The Times, Robb Report, 19 Apr. 2022 Klari defines herself as this little speck, this grasshopper looking for fun. Katie Hafner, Scientific American, 31 Mar. 2022 Nine years later, Earhart would vanish somewhere near tiny Howland Island, barely a speck in the Pacific Ocean. Arkansas Online, 13 Feb. 2022 In Lesotho, a mountainous speck of a country nestled inside South Africa, the pain was especially widespread. Los Angeles Times, 30 Mar. 2022 On his quest for light, the raven first turns into a speck of dirt, hoping to be scooped up in the drinking ladle of the nobleman’s daughter. Sarah Smith, Smithsonian Magazine, 4 Mar. 2022 Io, seen as a darker speck on the left of the two dots, is the most volcanically active moon in the solar system. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 22 Mar. 2022 Pembina, a speck of a town on the border, boasts one bar, one school, one grocery store and four churches that cater to the sugar beet farmers and Customs and Border Protection employees who live there. New York Times, 14 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The 656-foot vessel, called the Golden Ray, has been lying since early September off a slice of the Georgia coast specked with resorts and sprawling high-dollar homes. New York Times, 16 Nov. 2019 Now, their territory has fewer than 1,000 residents and consists of about 7,300 acres, with roads wandering through woods specked with modest family homes. New York Times, 22 June 2018 For all its strengths, though, the series proves a bit of a slog, at times, as the wheels turn along the dusty, blood-specked road to wherever this maze leads. Brian Lowry, CNN, 19 Apr. 2018 To get into the spirit, order a ginger beer and rock shrimp fritters, fried balls of doughy goodness specked with bell pepper and spices that come steaming hot with a side of spicy mayo. Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press, 12 Feb. 2018 Moonchild is specked with obvious glitter, which could be a deterrent for some. Devon Abelman, Allure, 15 Sep. 2017 The majority of it, however, was specked with red SALE signs, noting that the red, white, and blue a-line miniskirt was 40 percent off (from $80 to $53.40) and white sculpting mid-rise skinny jeans (from $89 to $36.60). Emily Jane Fox, vanityfair.com, 10 Aug. 2017 The majority of it, however, was specked with red SALE signs, noting that the red, white, and blue a-line miniskirt was 40 percent off (from $80 to $53.40) and white sculpting mid-rise skinny jeans (from $89 to $36.60). Emily Jane Fox, The Hive, 10 Aug. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of speck


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for speck


Middle English specke, from Old English specca

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6 May 2022

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More Definitions for speck


\ ˈspek How to pronounce speck (audio) \

Kids Definition of speck

1 : a small spot or blemish
2 : a very small amount : bit a speck of dirt

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