Definition of spackle in English:


Line breaks: spackle
Pronunciation: /ˈspak(ə)l


[mass noun] North American trademark
  • A compound used to fill cracks in plaster and produce a smooth surface before decoration: ceiling spackle and fake-wood decorative beams
    More example sentences
    • Gouges or holes in the walls must be repaired with wall board compound, spackle, or patching plaster.
    • Fill all cracks and holes using a joint compound and drywall compound or spackle.
    • Use no-shrink spackle, joint compound or plaster to patch screw holes.


[with object] Back to top  
  • Repair (a surface) or fill (a hole or crack) with spackle: pull off any loose paper and spackle these areas
    More example sentences
    • In something of a daze, I quickly spackled the holes left by the shelf removal and began to paint.
    • If you score the wall, too, it can always be spackled and sanded.
    • I spackled the wall two years back and have just been sort of glaring at it since.


1920s: perhaps a blend of sparkle and German Spachtel 'putty knife, mastic'.

More definitions of spackle

Definition of spackle in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day maelstrom
Pronunciation: ˈmeɪlstrəm
a powerful whirlpool in the sea