Definition of speckle in English:

speckle

noun

usually speckles
  • A small spot or patch of colour.

    ‘it has white speckles on its forewing’
    • ‘His fur was almost entirely grey, except for a few blond speckles.’
    • ‘Standing up she exited he bathroom for the second time, trailed by speckles of red water.’
    • ‘Then, using a paintbrush, fling tiny speckles of paint everywhere.’
    • ‘A few speckles of pink paint decorated the old lady's face and hair.’
    • ‘The water was spreading over the floor, speckles of white sticking to the floor.’
    • ‘And the meat had little speckles of green and red in it.’
    • ‘The flower color, which is a wine red with a generous amount of speckles and spots, is also somewhat variable.’
    • ‘The yellow speckles resemble stars and an occasional large patch is referred to as the moon.’
    • ‘Small speckles of blood leaked onto the window.’
    • ‘Pure white unfortunately, and I frowned at the speckles of red Tom had left upon it.’
    • ‘Age-related speckles and the like are remarkably few.’
    • ‘The tiles, which had at one point been white with black speckles, were now dark, creamy beige with black speckles, and had bits and pieces broken off along the seams.’
    • ‘He wore baby-blue patent-leather shoes and had speckles of gray in his five-o'clock shadow.’
    • ‘Age-related speckles and scratches are essentially non-existent.’
    • ‘There was a second of dramatic silence as the first speckles of blood hit the ground and tainted the white carpet.’
    • ‘Small speckles of seasoning decorated the rich meat.’
    • ‘The tiniest speckles of blood still littered the ground at his feet, hardly visible, but there all the same.’
    • ‘Her purse jingled as she rummaged through it before removing a single handkerchief, rosy pink with white speckles, and dabbing her tweaked brow.’
    • ‘He rode a white stallion with brown speckles on its thigh area.’
    • ‘Katie's eyes were a brilliant, intense green, with little streaks and speckles of blue and orange in them.’
    dot, pinprick, spot, fleck, stain, mark, smudge, blemish
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verb

[with object]
  • Mark with a large number of small spots or patches of colour.

    ‘gulls whirled round the masts, speckling the docks with guano’
    • ‘Each building was speckled primarily with lights of yellow, and a few reds and greens scattered about as well.’
    • ‘He was a tall man, in his late fifties, with dark, speckled hair and darker eyes.’
    • ‘It was a strange coloured little creature, speckled brown like tortoiseshell.’
    • ‘It oozed into the brown liquid below him and speckled across the other trouser leg.’
    • ‘His pants were speckled with gray, and they were almost as tight as the shirt.’
    • ‘Reds, pinks, blues, yellows and purples speckled the green grasses in every direction.’
    • ‘Her gray speckled hair was pulled up in a messy bun, and slim blue glasses hung on her sharp nose.’
    • ‘Both had the same golden-red-brown hair and soft brown eyes speckled with gold.’
    • ‘That night, as Anna headed home, she looked up into the star speckled sky.’
    • ‘Eve opened the door and saw that the blanket had been speckled with blood.’
    • ‘She pulled on a brown tanktop that had been speckled with bleach to make it orange.’
    • ‘The small black rock, speckled with silver, was discovered in the garden following the heavy storms last week.’
    • ‘The sundress Deanna wore a few hours earlier was speckled in dirt and blood.’
    • ‘They mournfully gazed at the empty floor that was earlier that day full of brown eggs speckled with grey spots.’
    • ‘A short, thin woman with black hair that was speckled with gray answered the door.’
    • ‘His eyes were brown, speckled with gold, his hair a dusty brown, and his skin a deep tan.’
    • ‘Flecks of dark green paint came with it, speckling its sides as it slid through the door.’
    • ‘The shells are speckled and range in color from dark brown to blue or white.’
    • ‘They are soft brown in colour and speckled like an egg.’
    • ‘The pavement became speckled with dark spots on its otherwise dry surface.’
    flecked, speckly, specked, freckled, freckly, spotted, spotty, dotted, stippled, sprinkled, mottled, dappled, blotchy, brindled
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

speckle

/ˈspɛk(ə)l/