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[spek-uh l] /ˈspɛk əl/
a small speck, spot, or mark, as on skin.
speckled coloring or marking.
verb (used with object), speckled, speckling.
to mark with or as with speckles.
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English; see speck, -le
Related forms
speckledness, noun
unspeckled, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for speckled
  • They had bright red borders and sometimes speckled centers on either a white or green ground.
  • Thanks to you and speckled hen for pointing out my malfunctioning understanding.
  • Their experiences will be as uncaused as the existence of the block whose speckled nature gives rise to those experiences.
  • Her blue denim shirt and khaki pants were stained with red and yellow blotches, and her long hair was also speckled with paint.
  • Some areas were speckled with craters, but large regions looked inexplicably flat and smooth.
  • The leader of the pod catches the telltale speckled light of armored squid, moving in an immense shoal a thousand strong.
  • First they affix a small, speckled latex bubble to the tip of an endoscope.
  • The middle layer of speckled green represents several layers of photoreceptors, which developed in response to the transplant.
  • They're notably larger and are generally speckled with a deep reddish pattern.
  • Ash gives the yogurt a smoky and slightly astringent taste, as well as a speckled gray color.
British Dictionary definitions for speckled


a small or slight mark usually of a contrasting colour, as on the skin, a bird's plumage, or eggs
(transitive) to mark with or as if with speckles
Derived Forms
speckled, adjective
Word Origin
C15: from Middle Dutch spekkel; see speck
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Word Origin and History for speckled



c.1400 (implied in speckled), probably related to Old English specca "small spot, speck" (see speck) or from a related Middle Dutch or Middle High German word. Related: Speckled; speckling. The noun is first attested mid-15c.

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