[ spek-uh l ]
/ ˈspɛk əl /


a small speck, spot, or mark, as on skin.
speckled coloring or marking.

verb (used with object), speck·led, speck·ling.

to mark with or as with speckles.

Origin of speckle

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at speck, -le

Related forms

speck·led·ness, nounun·speck·led, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for speckle


/ (ˈspɛkəl) /


a small or slight mark usually of a contrasting colour, as on the skin, a bird's plumage, or eggs


(tr) to mark with or as if with speckles

Derived Forms

speckled, adjective

Word Origin for speckle

C15: from Middle Dutch spekkel; see speck
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