Definition of speckle in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈspɛk(ə)l/


(usually speckles)
A small spot or patch of colour: it has white speckles on its forewing
More example sentences
  • Her purse jingled as she rummaged through it before removing a single handkerchief, rosy pink with white speckles, and dabbing her tweaked brow.
  • The water was spreading over the floor, speckles of white sticking to the floor.
  • The tiniest speckles of blood still littered the ground at his feet, hardly visible, but there all the same.


[with object]
Mark with a large number of small spots or patches of colour: gulls whirled round the masts, speckling the docks with guano
More example sentences
  • They are soft brown in colour and speckled like an egg.
  • They mournfully gazed at the empty floor that was earlier that day full of brown eggs speckled with grey spots.
  • It was a strange coloured little creature, speckled brown like tortoiseshell.


Late Middle English (as a noun): from Middle Dutch spekkel; the verb (late 16th century) from the noun or a back-formation from speckled.

Words that rhyme with speckle

deckle, freckle, heckle, Jekyll, shekel

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