bespoke

[ bih-spohk ]
/ bɪˈspoʊk /

verb

a simple past tense and past participle of bespeak.

adjective

British.
  1. (of clothes) made to individual order; custom-made: a bespoke jacket.
  2. making or selling such clothes: a bespoke tailor.
Older Use. engaged to be married; spoken for.

Nearby words

  1. bespangle,
  2. bespatter,
  3. bespeak,
  4. bespeckle,
  5. bespectacled,
  6. bespoken,
  7. bespread,
  8. besprent,
  9. besprinkle,
  10. bess

Origin of bespoke

1745–55 for def 2

bespeak

[ bih-speek ]
/ bɪˈspik /

verb (used with object), be·spoke or (Archaic) be·spake; be·spo·ken or be·spoke; be·speak·ing.

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.

Origin of bespeak

before 900; Middle English bespeken, Old English besprecan. See be-, speak

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British Dictionary definitions for bespoke

bespoke

/ (bɪˈspəʊk) /

adjective mainly British

(esp of clothing or a website, computer program, etc) made to the customer's specifications
making or selling such clothing, websites, etca bespoke tailor; a bespoke web designer

bespeak

/ (bɪˈspiːk) /

verb -speaks, -speaking, -spoke, -spoken or -spoke (tr)

to engage, request, or ask for in advance
to indicate or suggestthis act bespeaks kindness
poetic to speak to; address
archaic to foretell
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