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: […]
a past participle of bespeak. bespoke. 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. Contemporary Examples “When you’re a smaller […]
to spread over (a surface); cover (usually followed by with): a table bespread with fine linens. Historical Examples He got out the box of ointment and bespread the strips of torn handkerchief. The Magnetic North Elizabeth Robins (C. E. Raimond) The greater part of my way lay near the sea shore, which was bespread with […]
besprinkled; bestrewn. Historical Examples And he rode a great white mare, whose bases and other housings were black, but all besprent with fair lilys of silver sheen. Phantastes George MacDonald What beckoning ghost, besprent with April dew, Hails me so solemnly to yonder yew? Hearts of Controversy Alice Meynell The books at Saint-Cyr were stamped […]