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spec

[spek] /spɛk/
noun
1.
Usually, specs. specification (def 2).
adjective
3.
built, done, bought, etc., as a speculation:
the construction of spec houses.
verb (used with object), spec'd or specked or specced, spec'ing or specking or speccing.
4.
to provide specifications for:
Their newest truck was spec'd by a computer.
Idioms
5.
on spec, made, built, or done with hopes of but no assurance of payment or a sale; without commitment by a client or buyer:
ad illustrations done on spec; luxury homes built on spec and sold before completion.
Origin of spec
1785-1795
1785-95, Americanism; by shortening
Related forms
spec’er, specker, noun

speck

[spek] /spɛk/
noun
1.
a small spot differing in color or substance from that of the surface or material upon which it appears or lies:
Specks of soot on the window sill.
2.
a very little bit or particle:
We haven't a speck of sugar.
3.
something appearing small by comparison or by reason of distance:
By then the town was just a speck.
verb (used with object)
4.
to mark with, or as with, a speck or specks.
Origin
before 900; Middle English specke, Old English specca; cognate with Dutch spikkel
Related forms
speckedness
[spek-id-nis] /ˈspɛk ɪd nɪs/ (Show IPA),
noun
speckless, adjective
specklessly, adverb
specklessness, noun
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Examples from the Web for specked
Historical Examples
  • It is the same with stale fish, specked or soured fruit, withered vegetables.

    Dishes & Beverages of the Old South Martha McCulloch Williams
  • It will make him cross, and all we shall get will be the specked and worm-eaten ones.

    The Errand Boy Horatio Alger
  • By indecision, even by starting for the door, I bought it a nickel off because it was specked by flies.

    Hints to Pilgrims Charles Stephen Brooks
  • The four or five eggs, laid in June, are white, specked with reddish brown.

    The Bird Book Chester A. Reed
  • The eggs are creamy or bluish white, specked over the whole surface, but most numerously about the larger end with reddish brown.

    The Bird Book Chester A. Reed
  • Their three or four white eggs are specked with reddish brown.

    The Bird Book Chester A. Reed
  • The specked appearance is entirely owing to your having the wrong paper for your negatives.

  • The eggs are white or greenish white, specked with reddish brown and umber.

    The Bird Book Chester A. Reed
  • It is poor economy from a financial standpoint (saying nothing of health) to buy small or specked fruits or vegetables.

    The Laurel Health Cookery Evora Bucknum Perkins
  • Their eggs are specked and blotched with light reddish brown and lavender.

    The Bird Book Chester A. Reed
British Dictionary definitions for specked

spec

/spɛk/
noun
1.
on spec, as a speculation or gamble: all the tickets were sold so I went to the theatre on spec
adjective
2.
(prenominal) (Austral & NZ) speculative: a spec developer
Word Origin
C19: short for speculation or speculative

speck

/spɛk/
noun
1.
a very small mark or spot
2.
a small or tiny piece of something
verb
3.
(transitive) to mark with specks or spots
Word Origin
Old English specca; related to Middle Dutch spekelen to sprinkle
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Word Origin and History for specked

speck

n.

Old English specca "small spot, stain," of unknown origin; probably related to Dutch speckel "speck, speckle," Middle Dutch spekelen "to sprinkle." Meaning "tiny bit" developed c.1400.

spec

n.

short for specification, 1956. Related: Specs.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for specked

spec

noun

The spectacular opening procession of a circus: Mrs Webster rode an elephant in the ''spec'' (1926+ Circus)

spec

Related Terms

on spec

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Related Abbreviations for specked

spec

1.
speculation
2.
write specifications for
The American Heritage® Abbreviations Dictionary, Third Edition
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Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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Idioms and Phrases with specked

spec

see: on spec
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