spellchecker

noun

spell·​check·​er ˈspel-ˌche-kər How to pronounce spellchecker (audio)
variants or spell-checker
plural spellcheckers or spell-checkers
: a computer program or function (as in a word processor) that identifies possible misspellings in a block of text by comparing the text with a database of accepted spellings

called also spell-check, spelling checker

Examples of spellchecker in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Maybe the spellchecker is trying to tell me something that Terry Francona already suspects — Emmanuel Clase would make a good closer. cleveland, 14 Apr. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1981, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of spellchecker was in 1981

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Cite this Entry

“Spellchecker.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spellchecker. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

spellchecker

noun
spell·​check·​er ˈspel-ˌche-kər How to pronounce spellchecker (audio)
: a computer program that identifies possible misspellings in a block of text by comparing the text with a database of accepted spellings
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