Definition of spellcheck in English:



  • Check the spelling in (a text) using a spellchecker.

    ‘the text shows signs of having been spellchecked but not proof-read’
    • ‘Don't bother spellchecking your message to them; that really gets on their nerves.’
    • ‘I also didn't spellcheck this cause I'm on crunched time, so sorry if it bites the big one.’
    • ‘OK, so maybe the fact that I didn't spellcheck my letter before I emailed it to you undermines my point a tad, but my dad can still beat up Joel's dad.’
    • ‘Someone should spellcheck their English pages, and some of the concert details are a bit out of date.’
    • ‘When I have time, I proofread and spellcheck but sometimes I have to do it after the event, when the thing has already been posted.’
    • ‘Would you like me to spellcheck your posts for the next couple of days?’
    • ‘I drafted this in Word, and spellchecked it and guess what it suggested for Blogging - ‘Belonging’!’
    • ‘From a visitors point of view if you couldn't be bothered spellchecking your website then how good can your product really be?’
    • ‘Earlier this week, someone at the NZ Herald must have hit the wrong buttons when spellchecking this story.’
    • ‘Once you've written, rewritten, spellchecked, and proofread your newsletter in the word processor, copy and paste it into the body of your email program.’
    • ‘Time to go now or I won't have time to spellcheck.’
    • ‘One wit declared that it must be love if the message was spellchecked before posting.’
    • ‘I do spellcheck and proofread, but no one's perfect.’


  • 1[often as modifier] A check of the spelling in a file of text using a spellchecker.

    ‘a spellcheck program’
    • ‘I don't run an anti-virus or spellcheck program, and I don't believe in installing patches or defragmenting my hard drive.’
    • ‘They understand software, surfing and spellchecks.’
    • ‘They'll also see a new tool that provides a kind of universal spellcheck service regardless of what application is being used.’
    1. 1.1A spellchecker.
      • ‘The spellcheck didn't like 34G and asked if I wanted to change it to Agamemnon.’
      • ‘It's always wise to run spellcheck after you've spent so much time mocking someone else's typos.’
      • ‘I'm still adjusting to life without spellcheck.’
      • ‘People are relying more and more on spellchecks.’
      • ‘A feature yet to be coded into posting panes may come along to spoon-feed users who feel it's too much trouble to cut and paste from another document after running spellcheck.’
      • ‘I've noticed more and more Americanisms sneaking into the English language and I blame computers and spellchecks for that.’
      • ‘I know I have tons of spelling and grammar mistakes and such, but that's because I don't have a spellcheck or what not, and I'm horrible with that kind of stuff.’
      • ‘I just used the spellcheck on my computer - 805 words misspelt out of 1,200.’
      • ‘You have no idea how much of a lifesaver the spellcheck is for me.’
      • ‘Anyways I'm glad you are enjoying my story and as for my grammar let's just say that if it weren't for spellcheck and proof reads then my stories would probably be incomprehensible.’
      • ‘These range from nice functions like undoing and redoing a command, running spellcheck and printing a document.’
      • ‘No, I don't have Microsoft Word so I can't use spellcheck.’
      • ‘Besides, the spellcheck mangled the word ‘barbour’.’
      • ‘Why don't people use the computer spellcheck?’
      • ‘By the way, I don't need spellcheck, I think I'm pretty good at spelling already (not boasting, I used to get all obsessed with spelling as a kid).’
      • ‘This is written in a document that has no spellcheck so I'm relying on what I know (which isn't very much).’
      • ‘They're gathering their forces to do stuff like write letters, issue statements, and use spellcheck more than most.’
      • ‘As for Jim's raw copy, those 1000 monkeys he has working for him are pretty good about running spellcheck.’
      • ‘Well I'm constantly going back and changing things, please excuse typos, I don't have spellcheck on my computer and am too lazy to edit this yet.’
      • ‘A new spellcheck is a valuable addition, as is the enhanced search-and-replace function.’
      • ‘I realise that these days, computers have spellchecks, which often cannot differentiate between meanings of words.’