Definition of speck in English:



  • 1A tiny spot.

    ‘the figure in the distance had become a mere speck’
    • ‘Tiny white specks gleamed steel-hard in the blackness.’
    • ‘There were thousands and thousands of tiny specks moving all over the horizon.’
    • ‘But the sky was dark, the tiny specks in the sky sparkling dimly in the pitch blackness.’
    • ‘You could see a tiny speck of red, like fire, in her eyes.’
    • ‘From here the panorama was different and the foreground had rolling hills dotted by tiny, shiny specks which were actually slate tiled roofs reflecting sunlight.’
    • ‘They are tiny specks admittedly but of such a vivid blue you can spot them a mile off.’
    • ‘A pixel is one of those many tiny colored specks that make up a digital image.’
    • ‘Aircraft do really travel through the skies, even if they are only seen as tiny specks from the ground.’
    • ‘Soon a peek of light appeared on the flat horizon, a tiny speck no larger than the glare of a flashlight a mile away.’
    • ‘Indeed air travellers will perceive the islands as tiny specks in endless expanses of blue nothingness.’
    • ‘The captain watched as the planet appeared first as a tiny speck, then as a steadily growing disk on the view-glass.’
    • ‘Turning the glass snow-globe over and over in his hands, Ross Granger watches tiny white specks swirling around in the water.’
    • ‘I saw our little hill on which the palace is situated, and then Rowen showed me tiny specks in the distance.’
    • ‘I'm on a camel, and there's a desert, and a tiny speck in the distance coming closer and closer.’
    • ‘The people below them turned into tiny specks as they took off high into the air.’
    • ‘These tiny little brown specks will fly as high as eight feet into the air, and once they stick to your house or windows, they stick like glue.’
    • ‘One or two people, tiny specks, milled around on the dock.’
    • ‘The path was empty, save for a faint sobbing sound and a tiny speck of a figure in the distance.’
    • ‘Floaters are tiny spots or specks that seem to float across your eyes.’
    • ‘They eased the ponies forwards, and soon the village was a tiny speck in the distance.’
    dot, pinprick, spot, fleck, speckle, stain, mark, smudge, blemish
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    1. 1.1A small particle of a substance.
      ‘specks of dust’
      • ‘It looked like mud, with specks of hardened dirt in it.’
      • ‘A tiny speck of glass fell to the ground at his feet.’
      • ‘Aside from the occasional specks of dirt and some light grain in dawn/dusk and night scenes, it is a soft transfer but respectable for a twenty-three year old film.’
      • ‘Hens herd their chicks from the shade of one log to the next, searching for specks of grain along the way.’
      • ‘Caspian brushed invisible specks of dust off his clothes.’
      • ‘A tiny speck of blood landed on his newly polished red-leather shoes.’
      • ‘She could even see individual specks of dust floating in the air.’
      • ‘When it was tested the stone revealed 13 specks of gold.’
      • ‘Aside from a few specks of dirt, the print looked flawless.’
      • ‘He brushed some almost undetectable specks off his apron as a sudden flood of customers entered the store.’
      • ‘When he wiped a few invisible specks of dust from the cantle, Isabella knew he was simply stalling for words, turning the situation over in his mind.’
      • ‘Margaret stood, brushing invisible specks of grass off of her skirt.’
      • ‘The prophetess smoothed the front of her skirt, absent-mindedly removing a tiny speck of dust.’
      • ‘The video quality is lacking: the picture is grainy, the colors bleed throughout, and I saw more than a few specks of dirt.’
      • ‘Some birds flew by, leaving specks of pollen behind.’
      • ‘It surprised me the attention Stan paid to the tiniest of dust specks.’
      • ‘Riders were arriving with red dirt caked on thick to their faces, with specks of dirt attaching themselves to each singular pore and whisker.’
      • ‘Taking slow, deep breaths, Roy recovered from the fit of coughing, and looked down at the handkerchief, frowning at the specks of blood that were on it.’
      • ‘The tonsils and back of the throat may be covered with a whitish coating, or appear red, swollen, and dotted with whitish or yellowish specks of pus.’
      • ‘With specks of gravy on his tie and the heavy smell of garlic, his dinner is a dead giveaway.’


  • Mark with small spots.

    ‘their skin was specked with goose pimples’
    • ‘The bear, weak from hibernation, was focused on procuring an easier meal, such as scavenged bison carcasses and the tiny white blossoms that speck the forest edges.’
    • ‘My eyes were brown, specked with a different shade; my hair was mid-back length, dark brown, soft and slightly curly.’
    • ‘They both had the same color hair (although Eric's was specked with gray and white,) and the attitude had to run in their blood.’
    • ‘The mustache and short beard were orange specked with gray.’
    • ‘The ham was, by this stage, specked with fungus and small white things that might have been maggots.’
    • ‘Carlton Beach on Saturday was specked with stars, champagne and fine food.’
    • ‘Her short hair was specked with gray and her face contained only a few wrinkles.’
    • ‘His short, brown hair was tousled, greasy, and specked with dirt.’
    • ‘Blood spurted everywhere, some specked Wythene's face.’
    • ‘She played with the edges of the turquoise colored polka dots specking her pajama bottoms.’


Old English specca; compare with the noun speckle.