- built, done, bought, etc., as a speculation: the construction of spec houses.
- to provide specifications for: Their newest truck was spec'd by a computer.
- 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
- 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.
- a very little bit or particle: We haven't a speck of sugar.
- something appearing small by comparison or by reason of distance: By then the town was just a speck.
- to mark with, or as with, a speck or specks.
Origin of speck
Examples from the Web for specked
It did seem as if the choicest fruit always came to her specked.Southern Lights and Shadows
After Lady day, when potatoes are getting old and specked, and also in frosty weather, this is the best way of dressing them.
It will make him cross, and all we shall get will be the specked and worm-eaten ones.The Errand Boy
But again the sea was specked with white sails from the south-east.A Book of Golden Deeds
Charlotte M. Yonge
Its plumage is yellowish buff, specked and barred lightly with blackish.The Bird Book
Chester A. Reed
- on spec as a speculation or gambleall the tickets were sold so I went to the theatre on spec
- (prenominal) Australian and NZ speculativea spec developer
- a very small mark or spot
- a small or tiny piece of something
- (tr) to mark with specks or spots
Word Origin and History for specked
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.
short for specification, 1956. Related: Specs.
Idioms and Phrases with specked
see on spec.