[ spek ]
/ spɛk /


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.

verb (used with object)

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


speck·ed·ness [spek-id-nis] /ˈspɛk ɪd nɪs/, nounspeck·less, adjectivespeck·less·ly, adverbspeck·less·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for speck

/ (spɛk) /


a very small mark or spot
a small or tiny piece of something


(tr) to mark with specks or spots

Word Origin for speck

Old English specca; related to Middle Dutch spekelen to sprinkle
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