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  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.

  1. something appearing small by comparison or by reason of distance: By then the town was just a speck.

verb (used with object)
  1. to mark with, or as with, a speck or specks.

Origin of speck

before 900; Middle English specke,Old English specca; cognate with Dutch spikkel

Other words from speck

  • speck·ed·ness [spek-id-nis], /ˈspɛk ɪd nɪs/, noun
  • speckless, adjective
  • speck·less·ly, adverb
  • speck·less·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for speck


/ (spɛk) /

  1. a very small mark or spot

  2. a small or tiny piece of something

  1. (tr) to mark with specks or spots

Origin of speck

Old English specca; related to Middle Dutch spekelen to sprinkle

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