Origin of speller

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at spell1, -er1
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Examples from the Web for spelling-book

Historical Examples of spelling-book

  • So I got my first idea of what a book contained by the pictures in a spelling-book.

    Biography of a Slave

    Charles Thompson

  • Besides his spelling-book and a worn arithmetic, it was the only book that he had in the world.

  • Then it's you that's taiching the spelling-book, darling; so we'll put it back on the shelf.

    The Manxman

    Hall Caine

  • "This spelling-book isn't taiching you nothing, darling," he said.

    The Manxman

    Hall Caine

  • Perhaps I might say, that they were brought up, not to the Spelling-book, but the Horn-book.

British Dictionary definitions for spelling-book


  1. a person who spells words in the manner specifieda bad speller
  2. a book designed to teach or improve spelling
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