- 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
Examples from the Web for 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
- a very small mark or spot
- a small or tiny piece of something
- (tr) to mark with specks or spots
Word Origin and History for specking
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.
Idioms and Phrases with specking
see on spec.