or ken·speck·led

[ ken-spek-uh l ]
/ ˈkɛnˌspɛk əl /

adjective Scot. and North England.

conspicuous; easily seen or recognized.

Nearby words

  1. kenosha,
  2. kenosis,
  3. kenotic,
  4. kensington,
  5. kensington and chelsea,
  6. kent,
  7. kent state,
  8. kent, james,
  9. kent, rockwell,
  10. kent, william

Origin of kenspeckle

1705–15; derivative (see -le) of kenspeck (< Scandinavian; compare Norwegian kjennespak quick at recognizing, literally, know-clever); see ken Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for kenspeckle

  • You may consider yourself 'geyan fine,' all covered over with Scotch plaid, but I wouldn't be so 'kenspeckle' for worlds!

  • When we reached Blackford Hall I found more than a kenspeckle countryside to remind me of homeland.

    Betty Grier|Joseph Waugh

British Dictionary definitions for kenspeckle


/ (ˈkɛnˌspɛkəl) /


Scot easily seen or recognized

Word Origin for kenspeckle

C18: from dialect kenspeck, of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse kennispecki power of recognition; related to ken

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