A speck is a tiny amount of something. Sometimes speck means a tiny bit of dirt or dust.

  • The speck of dirt on her shirt was enough to ruin the outfit.

  • The speck of dust on the rug was enough to make it dirty.

Definition of speck


(nontechnical usage) a tiny piece of anything


atom, corpuscle, molecule, mote, particle


a very small spot




a slight but appreciable amount


hint, jot, mite, pinch, soupcon, tinge, touch


produce specks in or on

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Example Sentences for speck

  • 1

    It is a splotch, not a speck.

  • 2

    Don't ignore the log in your eye before pointing the speck in others' eyes.

  • 3

    The scientists found a speck on a metal.

  • 4

    It is not meaningful to say that the universe is that speck of lint.

  • 5

    It was a speck in the desert compared to the other controversies.

  • 6

    He was a student of the anthropologist Frank Speck.

  • 7

    The animals are just a speck in the variation of life.

  • 8

    The color is variable, with specks of green and brown.

  • 9

    The speck was noticed by only some of researchers.

  • 10

    The fragments ranged in size from a speck to a couple of inches.