Definition of speller in English:



  • 1[with adjective] A person who spells with a specified ability.

    ‘a very weak speller’
    • ‘I'm a fair speller but I've gotten a whole lot better since making Spellbound.’
    • ‘Being a good speller all her life, Mae never needed to study.’
    • ‘However, a poor speller may or may not be strong in other cognitive abilities, particularly those not directly associated with language processing.’
    • ‘‘And this person would need to be a very good speller,’ he continued, matter of fact.’
    • ‘Two hundred and sixty-five champion spellers, ages 9 to 15, are competing in Washington for a $12,000 grand prize.’
    • ‘Helping our students become good spellers is just one of many curriculum goals.’
    • ‘She will be pitted against the country's best young spellers when she stars on Hard Spell at the end of the month.’
    • ‘The top spellers will then go forward to regional heats for the Hard Spell programme.’
    • ‘And with tertiary institutions relying on secondary schools to churn out good spellers, and secondary schools relying on primaries to teach the basics, spelling seems to fade out of importance around the age of 12.’
    • ‘Since studies have shown that spell checkers make good spellers worse, does that mean this new tool will give us less personality?’
    • ‘Certainly many children are now better spellers than the education department civil servant who sent out 48,000 posters promoting literacy.’
    • ‘Therefore Elizabeth was a great speller and she remembered poems that she can still recite.’
    • ‘Kitty, I have a feeling that you are probably a good speller but here are some tips for good spelling.’
    • ‘The first class speller says she's into poetry, golf and swimming.’
    • ‘Her advice for bad spellers is pragmatic: ‘Once your child has got to 10, stop worrying and teach them how to use the technology.’’
    • ‘If you're not the world's best speller, have trusted friends and colleagues check your site copy for errors.’
    • ‘Constant copying of correct spelling produces good spellers.’
    • ‘Since they will be with you for years, they'll become competent spellers before they're ready to leave homeschool.’
    • ‘Now while I am a reasonable speller, my typing skills leave a lot to be desired and it showed last week.’
    • ‘To be a good Scrabble player you need good word knowledge and to be a good speller.’
    1. 1.1North American A book for teaching spelling.
      • ‘She picks up a book and says ‘Oh, there's my speller.’’
      • ‘He also produced a grammar and a reader that were sold as a set with the speller.’
      • ‘This color laser printed limited edition is made from paint and collage placed on top of a nineteenth-century speller.’
      • ‘Lucy says she's lost her speller and that Jamison will need it for his lessons tomorrow.’
    2. 1.2
      another term for spellchecker
      • ‘Stefan (if I may call him that - my computer speller goes into overdrive with his surname) made me realise for the first time what witty and professional writers Flanders and Swann were.’