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verb (used with object), spaed, spae·ing. Chiefly Scot.
  1. to prophesy; foretell; predict.
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Origin of spae

1250–1300; Middle English span < Old Norse spā
Related formsspa·er, noun
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Historical Examples

  • And now some o' ye maun lay down your watch, and tell me the very minute o' the hour the wean's born, an I'll spae its fortune.'

    Guy Mannering, or The Astrologer, Complete, Illustrated

    Sir Walter Scott

British Dictionary definitions for spae


  1. Scot to foretell (the future)
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Word Origin

C14: from Old Norse
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