- 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.
- to mark with, or as with, a speck or specks.
Origin of speck
Related Words for speckblot, particle, shred, fleck, splotch, stain, mite, iota, dot, flaw, blemish, jot, mote, speckle, point, spot, molecule, defect, mark, modicum
Examples from the Web for speck
Contemporary Examples of speck
“I think you'd make a great city planner just based on what you've learned from designing this game,” Speck tells Librande.
“I think about design, but I'm not operating on a scale where I'm thinking about power production,” says Speck.
Historical Examples of speck
Some things he lacked: he hadn't no immagination at all, not one speck.Samantha Among the Brethren, Part 6.
Josiah Allen's Wife (Marietta Holley)
But there was not a speck of dust anywhere, as Mrs. Brady noticed.The Widow O'Callaghan's Boys
I feel as a cat who would lick all day to take the least speck from her fur.Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
And then she would still keep the house clean, not even a speck of dust.L'Assommoir
She cast a hasty glance at his feet, and saw that there was not a speck of dust on his boots.The Fat and the Thin
- 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 "small spot, stain," of unknown origin; probably related to Dutch speckel "speck, speckle," Middle Dutch spekelen "to sprinkle." Meaning "tiny bit" developed c.1400.