to cover or adorn with or as if with spangles; make sparkle brilliantly:
grass bespangled with dewdrops; poetry bespangled with vivid imagery.
(transitive) to cover or adorn with or as if with spangles
1610s, from be- + spangle. Related: Bespangled; bespangling.
to soil by spattering; splash with water, dirt, etc. to slander or libel: a reputation bespattered by malicious gossip. Historical Examples This is the nameless refuse which flings itself to bespatter Masonry. Devil-Worship in France Arthur Edward Waite The mosquitoes 412 trouble me so much that in driving them away I bespatter my paper with […]
to ask for in advance: to bespeak the reader’s patience. to reserve beforehand; engage in advance; make arrangements for: to bespeak a seat in a theater. Literary. to speak to; address. to show; indicate: This bespeaks a kindly heart. Obsolete. to foretell; forebode. Historical Examples Permit me most earnestly to bespeak this confidence, as we […]
to speckle. v. c.1600, from be- + speckle. Related: Bespeckled; bespeckling.
a simple past tense and past participle of bespeak. British. (of clothes) made to individual order; custom-made: a bespoke jacket. making or selling such clothes: a bespoke tailor. Older Use. engaged to be married; spoken for. to ask for in advance: to bespeak the reader’s patience. to reserve beforehand; engage in advance; make arrangements for: […]