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speck·​le ˈspe-kəl How to pronounce speckle (audio)
: a little speck (as of color)


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speckled; speckling ˈspe-k(ə-)liŋ How to pronounce speckle (audio)

transitive verb

: to mark with speckles
: to be distributed in or on like speckles

Examples of speckle in a Sentence

Noun a ripe banana with lots of brown speckles the cat has a speckle of orange right at her whiskers Verb speckled the cookies with colored sugar
Recent Examples on the Web
The lounging area towards the back of the store featured a large woven rug in a beige colorway with speckles of gray surrounded by mannequins wearing swimwear, artisanal fringe, and plissé sculptural dresses. Essence, 10 Nov. 2023 Look for them in festive red, hot pink, cream, white, apricot, or with marbling, speckles, or streaks. Lynn Coulter, Better Homes & Gardens, 22 Oct. 2023 The dress features a cool ombre effect throughout the piece with speckles of green. Kerane Marcellus, Essence, 4 Oct. 2023 Small holes lined with sparkling copper speckle the wood. Cate McQuaid, BostonGlobe.com, 2 Aug. 2023 Devil's Den State Park — Arkansas Wood and stone structures erected by the Civilian Conservation Corps almost a century ago speckle the rugged landscape of Devil's Den State Park. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, 27 July 2023 These colors include deep iris speckle, cream speckle, citron speckle and lavender (which does not include the new speckle pattern). Josie Howell | Jhowell@al.com, al, 27 June 2023 Some grew out of research into historical glass techniques: Lenn Gerlach, a German designer, delved into green glass made for centuries by artisans in the Black Forest before conceiving of his variously shaped green vessels, whose speckles result from the area’s soft red sandstone. Jane Margolies, New York Times, 4 May 2023 Seabirds and seals speckle floating icebergs in this calm stretch of Alaska’s Glacier Bay. Lesley Evans Ogden, Discover Magazine, 7 Apr. 2023
Bullet casings were left on mattresses speckled with blood. Richard Engel, NBC News, 11 Oct. 2023 Technicians pluck out the paper, speckled with hundreds of tiny eggs. Stephanie Nolen and Eleanor Lutz. Photography and Video By Federico Rios Escobar For The New York Times. Eleanor Lutz, New York Times, 29 Sep. 2023 This past Monday through Friday was of course speckled with gems, too. India Espy-Jones, Essence, 20 Oct. 2023 My seats were in front of a foot traffic throughway, and my view of Run-D.M.C.’s fiery, possibly final, performance was speckled by people leaving (even some in Run-D.M.C. shirts). Andre Gee, Rolling Stone, 12 Aug. 2023 The sea of sandstone is speckled with 2,000-year-old petroglyphs. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, 27 July 2023 Dazzling moments were speckled throughout the early moments, including an impressive move in the second minute by Hina Sugita to shake Rapinoe, a shot from Sugita in the 12th, and a chance for Crystal Dunn in the 15th. oregonlive, 17 Sep. 2023 Inside it was speckled with white cheddar and bits of hatch chili. The Bon Appétit Staff & Contributors, Bon Appétit, 13 Sep. 2023 But the decadent versions that Southerners love today, speckled with ingredients like pecans, coconut, pineapple, and spices, really took off after World War II. Kaitlyn Yarborough, Southern Living, 25 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History



Middle English; akin to Old English specca

First Known Use


15th century, in the meaning defined above


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of speckle was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Speckle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/speckle. Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
speck·​le ˈspek-əl How to pronounce speckle (audio)
: a small mark (as of color)


2 of 2 verb
speckled; speckling ˈspek-(ə-)liŋ How to pronounce speckle (audio)
: to mark with speckles
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