From Middle English spot, spotte, partially from Middle Dutch spotte (“spot, speck”), and partially merging with Middle English splot, from Old English splott (“spot, plot of land”). Cognate with North Frisian spot (“speck, piece of ground”), Low German spot (“speck”), Old Norse spotti (“small piece”). See also splot, splotch.
spot (plural spots)
- A round or irregular patch on the surface of a thing having a different color, texture etc. and generally round in shape.
- The leopard is noted for the spots of color in its fur.
- Why do ladybugs have spots?
- A stain or disfiguring mark.
- I have tried everything, and I can’t get this spot out.
- A pimple, papule or pustule.
- That morning, I saw that a spot had come up on my chin.
- I think she's got chicken pox; she's covered in spots.
- A symbol on a playing card, domino, die, etc. indicating its value; a pip.
- A small, unspecified amount or quantity.
- Do come 'round on Sunday for a spot of tea, won't you?
- (slang, US) A bill of five-dollar or ten-dollar denomination in dollars.
- Here's the twenty bucks I owe you, a ten spot and two five spots.
- A location or area.
- I like to eat lunch in a pleasant spot outside.
- For our anniversary we went back to the same spot where we first met.
- 1667, John Milton, “Book III”, in Paradise Lost. […], London: […] [Samuel Simmons], […], →OCLC; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, →OCLC:
- That spot to which I point is Paradise.
- 1800, William Wordsworth, Hart-leap Well
- "A jolly place," said he, "in times of old! / But something ails it now: the spot is curs'd."
- 2011, Tom Fordyce, Rugby World Cup 2011: England 12-19 France:
- Yachvilli made it 6-0 with a second sweet strike from 45 metres after Matt Stevens was penalised for collapsing a scrum, and then slid another penalty just wide from the same spot.
- A parking space.
- 2011 March 23, “We asked mayoral candidates: Do you support 'dibs' on parking spots?”, in Chicago Sun-Times:
- Del Valle has the blessing of a garage, so he doesn't have to claim “dibs” on shoveled street spots himself, he said.
- (sports) An official determination of placement.
- The fans were very unhappy with the referee's spot of the ball.
- A bright lamp; a spotlight.
- (US, advertising) A brief advertisement or program segment on television.
- Did you see the spot on the news about the shoelace factory?
- A difficult situation.
- Synonyms: predicament; see also Thesaurus:difficult situation
- She was in a real spot when she ran into her separated husband while on a date.
- (gymnastics, dance, weightlifting) One who spots (supports or assists a maneuver, or is prepared to assist if safety dictates); a spotter.
- (soccer) Penalty spot.
- 2011 January 8, Chris Bevan, “Arsenal 1 - 1 Leeds”, in BBC:
- The Gunners dominated for long periods but, against the run of play, Denilson fouled Max Gradel and Robert Snodgrass put Leeds ahead from the spot.
- The act of spotting or noticing something.
- You've misspelled "terrapin" here. —Whoops. Good spot.
- A variety of the common domestic pigeon, so called from a spot on its head just above the beak.
- A food fish (Leiostomus xanthurus) of the Atlantic coast of the United States, with a black spot behind the shoulders and fifteen oblique dark bars on the sides.
- The southern redfish, or red horse (Sciaenops ocellatus), which has a spot on each side at the base of the tail.
- (in the plural, brokers' slang, dated) Commodities, such as merchandise and cotton, sold for immediate delivery.
- An autosoliton.
- (finance) A decimal point; point.
- Twelve spot two five pounds sterling. ― £12.25
- Any of various points marked on the table, from which balls are played, in snooker, pool, billiards, etc.
- Any of the balls marked with spots in the game of pool, which one player aims to pot, the other player taking the stripes.
- → Catalan: espot
- The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables. See instructions at Wiktionary:Entry layout § Translations.
spot (third-person singular simple present spots, present participle spotting, simple past and past participle spotted)
- (transitive) To see, find; to pick out, notice, locate, distinguish or identify.
- Try to spot the differences between these two pictures.
- 2020 July 1, Ruth Sutherland and Neil Peters, “Answering the call”, in Rail, page 47:
- The campaign aimed to give commuters the confidence to trust their own instincts and intervene if they spot someone vulnerable who may be at risk of suicide, and to talk to them to interrupt their suicidal thoughts.
- (US, slang) To loan a small amount of money to someone.
- 2018, Tayari Jones, An American Marriage, Oneworld Publications, page 185:
- “It’s close to payday, but you’re welcome to what I have. Maybe Wickliffe can spot me a few.”
- I’ll spot you ten dollars for lunch.
- (transitive, intransitive) To stain; to leave a spot (on).
- Hard water will spot if it is left on a surface.
- a garment spotted with mould
- To remove, or attempt to remove, a stain.
- I spotted the carpet where the child dropped spaghetti.
- To retouch a photograph on film to remove minor flaws.
- (gymnastics, dance, weightlifting, climbing) To support or assist a maneuver, or to be prepared to assist if safety dictates.
- I can’t do a back handspring unless somebody spots me.
- (dance) To keep the head and eyes pointing in a single direction while turning.
- Most figure skaters do not spot their turns like dancers do.
- To stain; to blemish; to taint; to disgrace; to tarnish, as reputation.
- a. 1587, Philippe Sidnei [i.e., Philip Sidney], “(please specify the page number)”, in Fulke Greville, Matthew Gwinne, and John Florio, editors, The Countesse of Pembrokes Arcadia [The New Arcadia], London: […] [John Windet] for William Ponsonbie, published 1590, →OCLC; republished in Albert Feuillerat, editor, The Countesse of Pembrokes Arcadia (Cambridge English Classics: The Complete Works of Sir Philip Sidney; I), Cambridge, Cambridgeshire: University Press, 1912, →OCLC:
- Link not me in self same chain With the wicked-working folk, Who their spotted thoughts do cloak.
- c. 1608–1610, Francis Beaumont; John Fletcher, “Philaster: Or, Love Lies a Bleeding”, in Comedies and Tragedies […], London: […] Humphrey Robinson, […], and for Humphrey Moseley […], published 1679, →OCLC, Act V, scene ii:
- If ever I shall close these eyes but once, / May I live spotted for my perjury.
- To cut or chip (timber) in preparation for hewing.
- (transitive, chiefly snooker and billiards) To place an object at a location indicated by a spot.
- The referee had to spot the pink on the blue spot.
- (aviation, military, transitive) To position (an aircraft) on the deck of an aircraft carrier ready for launch by catapult.
- 1959, Aviation Boatswain's Mate 3 & 2: Navy Training Courses, United States. Bureau of Naval Personnel, page 315:
- The aircraft is spotted on the catapult, and the console operator turns the crank to FIRST READY, causing the exhaust valve to close.
- 1990, Mike Harvell, Airman, pages 9-37:
- This spotting order varies from carrier to carrier to suit the flight-deck layout. Certain aircraft must be spotted in a specific location to permit servicing, loading of ammunition, starting, maintenance, and so forth.
- (rail transport, transitive) To position (a locomotive or car) at a predetermined point, e.g., for loading or unloading.
spot (not comparable)
- (commerce, finance) Available on the spot; for immediate payment or delivery.
- spot wheat
- spot cash
- a spot contract
From the verb spotte (“to mock”). Compare Old Norse spottr, German Spott.
spot c (singular definite spotten, not used in plural form)
- mockery, ridicule
- 2013, Jan Guillou, Vejen til Jerusalem, Modtryk, →ISBN:
- Men at også den anden søn savnede alle mandlige dyder, var straks værre og gjorde spotten større.
- But that the other son, too, lacked all male virtues, was much worse and enlarged the mockery.
- 2010, Tove Ditlevsen, Man gjorde et barn fortræd, Gyldendal A/S, →ISBN:
- Hun havde råd til at smile igen, så ligegyldig var deres spot hende.
- She could afford to smile back, that was how little she cared about their ridicule.
- 2015, Jørgen Christensen, Muhammed-tegningerne, demokratiet og sikkerhedspolitikken, BoD – Books on Demand, →ISBN, page 9:
- I artiklen skrev kulturredaktør Flemming Rose bl.a., at muslimer måtte acceptere, at deres religiøse følelser blev udsat for hån, spot og latterliggørelse[sic]:...
- In the article, editor of culture Flemming Rose wrote, among other things, that muslims had to accept their religious feelings being made the object of mockery, derision and ridicule:...
- 2014, Fjodor M. Dostojevskij, Minder fra dødens hus, Bechs Forlag - Viatone, →ISBN:
- Først sporede man hos alle en heftig forbitrelse, derefter en dyb nedslåethed, og endelig syntes al sindsbevægelse at vige pladsen for hoverende spot.
- At first, one saw with everyone a hefty bitterness, then a deep sadness, and finally, all emotion seemed to recede, making way for gloating mockery.
spot c or n (singular definite spotten or spottet, plural indefinite spot or spots)
- 1982, Lene H. Bagger, Idioterne, p. 179
- I millisekundet hvor lyset satte spots på hendes uforberedte ansigt, røbede det hende
- In the short moment when the light turned the spotlight on her unprepared face, it revealed her
- I millisekundet hvor lyset satte spots på hendes uforberedte ansigt, røbede det hende
- 1982, Lene H. Bagger, Idioterne, p. 179
- spot (short advertisement in radio or TV)
- 2012, Jyllands-Posten:
- Lego meddeler, at deres juleomsætning overgik alle forventninger på grund af spottene i TV 2
- LEGO informs that their Christmas sale surpassed all expectations due to the spots on TV 2
See the etymology of the corresponding lemma form.
- imperative of spotte
From Middle Dutch spot, from Old Dutch *spot, from Proto-Germanic *spuþþaz.
spot m (uncountable)
- Synonyms: spotternij, plagerij, pesterij
- Negerhollands: spot
spot m (plural spots, diminutive spotje n)
spot m (plural spots)
- (physics) light spot
- blip (on radar)
- (cinematography, theater) spotlight, spot
- (surfing) area
- (television) spot; a brief segment on television
- “spot”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.
- (colloquial) spot, a location or area.
- “spot” in Kamus Besar Bahasa Indonesia, Jakarta: Language Development and Fostering Agency — Ministry of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology of the Republic Indonesia, 2016.
Unadapted borrowing from English spot.
spot m (invariable)
- spot (theatrical light; luminous point; brief radio or TV advertisment)
- spot in Treccani.it – Vocabolario Treccani on line, Istituto dell'Enciclopedia Italiana
From Old Dutch *spot, from Proto-Germanic *sputtaz.
spot m or n
This noun needs an inflection-table template.
- Dutch: spot
- “spot”, in Vroegmiddelnederlands Woordenboek, 2000
- Verwijs, E.; Verdam, J. (1885–1929), “spot”, in Middelnederlandsch Woordenboek, The Hague: Martinus Nijhoff, →ISBN
Old High German
Compare Dutch spot. This etymology is incomplete. You can help Wiktionary by elaborating on the origins of this term.
- Köbler, Gerhard, Althochdeutsches Wörterbuch, (6. Auflage) 2014
Borrowed from English spot (“brief advertisement”).
spot m inan
- (neologism) spot, a short broadcast in television
Used for all short informational and promotional broadcasts, such as public service announcements, social campaigns, election ads and advertisements. The native counterpart reklama is restricted to advertisements.
- spot in Wielki słownik języka polskiego, Instytut Języka Polskiego PAN
- spot in Polish dictionaries at PWN
spot m (genitive singular spoit, plural spotan)
- (place): bad
spot m (plural spots)
- “spot”, in Diccionario de la lengua española, Vigésima tercera edición, Real Academia Española, 2014
spot (nominative plural spots)
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