speckle

noun
speck·le | \ˈspe-kəl \

Definition of speckle 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: a little speck (as of color)

speckle

verb
speckled; speckling\ˈspe-k(ə-)liŋ \

Definition of speckle (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to mark with speckles

2 : to be distributed in or on like speckles

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

He was last seen wearing a black T-shirt with white speckles, black pants and was carrying a black backpack. Samantha West, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee police ask the public for help to find missing man," 23 June 2018 Whilst a speckle of dignity was restored by Adolfo Valencia in the 90th minute, the dye had been cast. SI.com, "World Cup Countdown: 6 Weeks to Go - The Own Goal That Killed Andres Escobar," 13 May 2018 The others came out mostly white with a smattering of pale speckles. Cynthia Billhartz Gregorian, kansascity, "Dyeing eggs for Easter? Skip the shaving cream and go for the Kool-Aid | The Kansas City Star," 31 Mar. 2017 This recipe calls for white chia seeds, which is really so the pudding looks uniform without any big black speckles. Claire Saffitz, Bon Appetit, "Make This Vegan Chia Tapioca Pudding and Just Chill Out," 26 Jan. 2018 Her floor is white linoleum with black and dark blue speckles, over which she's laid a dark blue area rug. Amy Freeman, Good Housekeeping, "When There's No Home for the Holidays," 15 Dec. 2017 This 24-karat yellow gold highlighter's cream-to-powder formula is incredibly pigmented and features tiny speckles of glitter that look like little bursts of sunshine on your skin. Lara Adekola, Allure, "12 Bomb-Ass Highlighters for Darker Skin Tones," 19 Oct. 2017 Kids at school made comments as more and more white speckles appeared on his skin. Natalie Angley, CNN, "Model with vitiligo redefines what it means to be beautiful," 8 Sep. 2017 Bake 5 minutes, then reduce oven temperature to 350° and continue to bake until pão are very light brown, with some darker brown speckles all over (that’s the cheese), and sound hollow when tapped on the bottom, 20−25 minutes. Rick Martinez, Bon Appetit, "Pão de Queijo (Brazilian Cheese Bread)," 19 July 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Glowing reviews speckle his Ratemyteachers.com page. Debbie Truong, Washington Post, "‘I still think I have a lot to offer:’ Three decades later, a Virginia teacher’s words ring true.," 1 July 2018 The small, and often unwelcoming, seating areas speckle the city’s business districts. New York Times, "New Parks Sprout Around New York," 8 June 2018 Blood speckled his jeans and his sneakers from a wound on his arm. Mike Newall, Philly.com, "A father and son, evicted from a heroin camp, move on in Kensington | Mike Newall," 30 May 2018 Debris speckled her slick skin, clinging to the homemade serum of glycerin, lanolin, and vitamin E oil that’s preserved her wedding-day face. Liz Arnold, Longreads, "Making Peace with the Site of a Suicide," 11 July 2018 Its sparkling light prettily speckles the surround as if brought about by its tinkling accompaniment. Robert Greskovic, WSJ, "‘Peter Pan’ Review: A Modern Neverland," 11 July 2018 So far this season, Gausman’s four-seam fastball has speckled the strike zone. Katherine Fominykh, baltimoresun.com, "Orioles pitcher Kevin Gausman isn't having a bad year — just an unlucky one," 1 July 2018 At sunrise, Chrissy noticed blood smeared on her front door and red handprints speckled across her sedan in the driveway. Hanna Krueger, NOLA.com, "Little Woods woman wakes to blood smeared on her car and front door, after nearby shooting," 11 May 2018 The paucity of craters speckling Sputnik Planitia shows that the ice plain’s surface has been shaped by geological activity recently. Mike Wall, Scientific American, "Pluto Has Dunes, But They’re Not Made of Sand," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of speckle

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for speckle

Noun

Middle English; akin to Old English specca

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speckle

noun

English Language Learners Definition of speckle

: a small mark of color

speckle

noun
speck·le | \ˈspe-kəl \

Kids Definition of speckle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a small mark (as of color)

speckle

verb
speckled; speckling

Kids Definition of speckle (Entry 2 of 2)

: to mark or be marked with small spots

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