[ spel-er ]
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  1. a person who spells words.

  2. Also called spelling book . an elementary textbook or manual to teach spelling.

Origin of speller

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at spell1, -er1

Words Nearby speller

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How to use speller in a sentence

  • Yet he must have learned, somehow, for he could read presently and was soon regarded as a good speller for his years.

  • He said "Yes sir" and "No sir" most politely when speaking to me, and carried an old blue-back speller under one arm.

    Mothering on Perilous | Lucy S. Furman
  • Then he took out his speller and copy book and the words of their visitor were soon forgotten.

    Boys and Girls of Colonial Days | Carolyn Sherwin Bailey
  • She wasn't really a "paragon speller," and she felt sure there must be something that was beyond her knowledge.

    Marjorie's Busy Days | Carolyn Wells

British Dictionary definitions for speller


/ (ˈspɛlə) /

  1. a person who spells words in the manner specified: a bad speller

  2. a book designed to teach or improve spelling

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