Meaning of kenspeckle in English:


Pronunciation /ˈkɛnˌspɛk(ə)l/


  • Easily recognizable; conspicuous.

    ‘he loved walking in the village, where he was a kenspeckle figure’
    • ‘A kenspeckle figure in Scotland, Morrison networks effectively with bonhomie and chuckles.’
    • ‘Another kenspeckle figure in Scottish training ranks is Andrew Crow, whose five-year-old gelding Witch Wind did well to finish second.’
    • ‘That kenspeckle figure in Scottish racing, trainer Donal Nolan, had a long career as a jockey on the flat and over jumps, and down the years he has sent out a decent number of winners from his yard near Wishaw.’
    • ‘One man who has known him since those earliest days is Joe Miles, a kenspeckle figure in Ulster rugby, who was chairman of the selectors when Humphreys was first picked to represent the province.’
    • ‘According to Burns's kenspeckle coach Rab Bannon, the shock win over Earl was the result of the Englishman's camp not doing their homework on the Coatbridge boxer.’
    • ‘Jim Black, the kenspeckle freelance sportswriter addressed this issue in the columns of The Herald and concluded that they were reactionary dinosaurs.’
    • ‘It's been a good week for the kenspeckle Labour MP George Galloway.’
    • ‘A number of kenspeckle folk with Hamilton connections were at the opening match.’


Mid 16th century of Scandinavian origin, probably based on Old Norse kenna ‘know, perceive’ and spak-, spek- ‘wise or wisdom’.