[ speks ]
/ spɛks /

plural noun Informal.

spectacles; eyeglasses.

Origin of specs

First recorded in 1800–10; by shortening

Definition for specs (2 of 2)


[ spek ]
/ spɛk /



built, done, bought, etc., as a speculation: the construction of spec houses.

verb (used with object), spec'd or specked or specced, spec'·ing or speck·ing or spec·cing.

to provide specifications for: Their newest truck was spec'd by a computer.

Origin of spec

An Americanism dating back to 1785–95; by shortening

Related forms

spec·’er, speck·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for specs (1 of 2)


/ (spɛks) /

pl n informal

short for spectacles
short for specificationsSee specification

British Dictionary definitions for specs (2 of 2)


/ (spɛk) informal /


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

C19: short for speculation or speculative
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Idioms and Phrases with specs


see on spec.

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