speck Definition

  • 1a very small spot or mark
  • 2a tiny amount of something

Using speck: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "speck" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    There was a speck of dust on the table.

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    I couldn't see a speck of dirt anywhere.

  • Example

    She added just a speck of salt to the soup.

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    The bird was just a speck in the sky.

speck Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for speck

Antonyms for speck

Phrases with speck

  • absolutely none


    There's not a speck of truth in what he said.

  • a small amount of optimism or possibility


    After months of searching, there was finally a speck of hope that they would find the missing hiker.

  • something very far away and difficult to see


    The ship was just a speck in the distance.

Origins of speck

from Old English 'specca', meaning 'a small bit'


Summary: speck in Brief

The term 'speck' [spek] refers to a very small spot or mark, or a tiny amount of something. It is often used to describe a small particle or grain, as in 'She added just a speck of salt to the soup.' 'Speck' can also be used in phrases like 'not a speck,' meaning absolutely none, and 'speck of hope,' referring to a small amount of optimism or possibility.

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