- built, done, bought, etc., as a speculation: the construction of spec houses.
- to provide specifications for: Their newest truck was spec'd by a computer.
- on spec, made, built, or done with hopes of but no assurance of payment or a sale; without commitment by a client or buyer: ad illustrations done on spec; luxury homes built on spec and sold before completion.
Origin of spec
- 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 speckingdaub, smudge, speckle, mottle, moisten, dredge, smear, shower, spray, stud, dust, strew, dot, pepper, speculate, gamble, stipple, speck, spangle, dash
Examples from the Web for specking
Historical Examples of specking
We have twenty-one of them up, specking the sky as clearly as a bacteriologist's slide is specked with microbes.Letters from France
C. E. W. Bean
- on spec as a speculation or gambleall the tickets were sold so I went to the theatre on spec
- (prenominal) Australian and NZ speculativea spec developer
Word Origin for spec
- 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.
short for specification, 1956. Related: Specs.
see on spec.