Kenspeckle

Kenspeckle

ˈkenspek(ə)l

Adjective

  • Easily recognizable; conspicuous.

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Example Sentences

“When you come around the corner, our kenspeckle red mailbox is impossible to miss.”

“The most kenspeckle items will be selected first.”

“I want to pick out a kenspeckle name for the baby that can’t be forgotten.”

Word Origin

Scandinavian, mid-16th century

Why this word?

While the adjective “kenspeckle” is from Scottish dialect, it has Scandinavian and Norse roots. It’s based on the Old Norse “kenna,” meaning “know or perceive,” and “spak,” meaning “wise or wisdom.” The Old Norse words came into Scottish dialect around the mid-16th century.

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