See also: Speck

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Pronunciation edit

Etymology 1 edit

From Middle English spekke, from Old English specca (small spot, stain), from the same ultimate source as Proto-Germanic *sprakô (spark).[1] Cognate with Low German spaken (to spot with wet).

Noun edit

speck (plural specks)

  1. A tiny spot or particle, especially of dirt.
    a tiny speck of soot
    • 2013 July 20, “Out of the gloom”, in The Economist, volume 408, number 8845:
      [Rural solar plant] schemes are of little help to industry or other heavy users of electricity. Nor is solar power yet as cheap as the grid. For all that, the rapid arrival of electric light to Indian villages is long overdue. When the national grid suffers its next huge outage, as it did in July 2012 when hundreds of millions were left in the dark, look for specks of light in the villages.
    • a. 1864, Walter Savage Landor, quoted in 1971, Ernest Dilworth, Walter Savage Landor, Twayne Publishers, page 88,
      Onward, and many bright specks bubble up along the blue Aegean; islands, every one of which, if the songs and stories of the pilots are true, is the monument of a greater man than I am.
    • 1994, Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot, →ISBN:
      Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.
  2. A very small amount; a particle; a whit.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:modicum
    He has not a speck of money.
    not a speck of truth in her story.
  3. A small etheostomoid fish, Etheostoma stigmaeum, common in the eastern United States.
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Verb edit

speck (third-person singular simple present specks, present participle specking, simple past and past participle specked)

  1. (transitive) To mark with specks; to speckle.
    paper specked by impurities in the water used in its manufacture
    • 1667, John Milton, Paradise Lost, 1991, Stephen Orgel, Jonathan Goldberg (editors), The Major Works, 2003, paperback, page 534,
      Each flower of slender stalk, whose head though gay / Carnation, purple, azure, or specked with gold, / Hung drooping unsustained,

References edit

  1. ^ Pokorny, Julius (1959) “996-98”, in Indogermanisches etymologisches Wörterbuch [Indo-European Etymological Dictionary] (in German), volume 3, Bern, München: Francke Verlag, pages 996-98

Etymology 2 edit

From earlier specke, spycke (probably reinforced by Dutch spek, German Speck), from Middle English spik, spyk, spike, spich, from Old English spic (bacon; lard; fat), from Proto-West Germanic *spik, from Proto-Germanic *spiką (bacon).

Cognate with Saterland Frisian Späk, Dutch spek, German Speck, Icelandic spik.

Noun edit

speck (uncountable)

  1. Fat; lard; fat meat.
  2. (uncountable) A juniper-flavoured ham originally from Tyrol.
  3. The blubber of whales or other marine mammals.
  4. The fat of the hippopotamus.
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Italian edit

speck affettato – sliced speck

Etymology edit

Unadapted borrowing from German Speck, from Middle High German spec, from Old High German spek, from Proto-West Germanic *spik (bacon).

Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): /ˈspɛk/
  • Rhymes: -ɛk
  • Hyphenation: spèck

Noun edit

speck m (invariable)

  1. speck (type of ham)
    Hypernym: salume

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