or ken·speck·led

[ ken-spek-uh l ]
/ ˈkɛnˌspɛk əl /

adjective Scot. and North England.

conspicuous; easily seen or recognized.

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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