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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

  • It was spaed to her when she was yet a maid that she should die of her twelfth lying in; she has already born eleven children.

    The English and Scottish popular ballads (Volume II of 5)


British Dictionary definitions for spaed


  1. Scot to foretell (the future)
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Word Origin

C14: from Old Norse
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