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  1. a simple past tense of speak.
  2. Nonstandard. a past participle of speak.
  3. Archaic. a past participle of speak.


  1. one of the bars, rods, or rungs radiating from the hub or nave of a wheel and supporting the rim or felloe.
  2. something that resembles the spoke of a wheel.
  3. a handlelike projection from the rim of a wheel, as a ship's steering wheel.
  4. a rung of a ladder.
verb (used with object), spoked, spok·ing.
  1. to fit or furnish with or as with spokes.

Origin of spoke2

before 900; Middle English; Old English spāca; cognate with Dutch speek, German Speiche
Related formsspoke·less, adjective
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Examples from the Web for spoked

Historical Examples

  • The wheels were about four feet high, spoked, and shod round with iron.

    The Story of Ancient Irish Civilization

    P. W. Joyce

  • Pressing this invention to the ultimate produced a spoked wheel.

  • Wawn day I spoked to un, but 'ee wudden zay nothin,' but 'The devil's a 'ard maaster, Mrs. Pethick.'

  • Jason's group, and the two others, shuffled into position and seated their bars, making a four spoked wheel out of the capstan.

    The Ethical Engineer

    Henry Maxwell Dempsey

  • The wheel is eight spoked, and reaches as high as the shoulders of the horses, which implies a diameter of about five feet.

British Dictionary definitions for spoked


  1. the past tense of speak
  2. archaic, or dialect a past participle of speak


  1. a radial member of a wheel, joining the hub to the rim
  2. a radial projection from the rim of a wheel, as in a ship's wheel
  3. a rung of a ladder
  4. put a spoke in someone's wheel British to thwart someone's plans
  1. (tr) to equip with or as if with spokes

Word Origin

Old English spāca
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Word Origin and History for spoked



(of a wheel), Old English spaca "spoke," related to spicing "large nail," from Proto-Germanic *spaikon (cf. Old Saxon speca, Old Frisian spake, Dutch spaak, Old High German speicha, German speiche "spoke"), probably from PIE *spei- "sharp point" (see spike (n.1)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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