spect

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

aphetic form of expect

Alternative forms[edit]

Verb[edit]

spect (third-person singular simple present spects, present participle specting, simple past and past participle spected)

  1. (colloquial) expect
    • 1873, Helen Hunt Jackson, Saxe Holm's Stories[1]:
      Looks like rain, Elder; I 'spect she'll have to go over with me arter all," said George Thayer, the handsomest, best-natured stage-driver in the whole State of New Hampshire.
    • 1922, Various, O. Henry Memorial Award Prize Stories of 1921[2]:
      We didn' 'spect Marse Wes to bring home a wife whenas he lef', but that ain' no sign that it ain' a mighty fine thing."
    • 1871, Sophie May, Dotty Dimple's Flyaway[3]:
      "I's growing so big now, mamma," said she, coaxingly, "don't you spect I must have some tea?"
    • 2002 September 6, Richard Meltzer, “Autumn Rhythm”, Chicago Reader:
      With global warming, you may need sweat towels more than you currently 'spect.