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or ken·speck·led

[ken-spek-uh l]
adjective Scot. and North England.
  1. conspicuous; easily seen or recognized.
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Origin of kenspeckle

1705–15; derivative (see -le) of kenspeck (< Scandinavian; compare Norwegian kjennespak quick at recognizing, literally, know-clever); see ken
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Historical Examples

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

    Betty Grier

    Joseph Waugh

  • A vagrant with white mice is a kenspeckle, and surely you can have no difficulty in tracing her.

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

British Dictionary definitions for kenspeckle


  1. Scot easily seen or recognized
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Word Origin

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