verb (used with object), spoked, spok·ing.
Origin of spoke2
verb (used without object), spoke or (Archaic) spake; spo·ken or (Archaic) spoke; speak·ing.
verb (used with object), spoke or (Archaic) spake; spo·ken or (Archaic) spoke; speak·ing.
- to intercede for or recommend; speak in behalf of.
- to express or articulate the views of; represent.
- to choose or prefer; have reserved for oneself: This item is already spoken for.
Origin of speak
Synonyms for speak
Related Words for spokeconvey, deliver, express, communicate, shout, declare, say, chat, whisper, go, utter, voice, tell, argue, talk, plead, chew, expatiate, descant, pronounce
Examples from the Web for spoke
Contemporary Examples of spoke
Scalise spoke briefly, adding little of substance, saying that the people back home know him best.The Price of Steve Scalise’s Silence
January 7, 2015
His peers remember him as a bright man who spoke softly and occasionally came across as a bit shy.Mexico’s Priests Are Marked for Murder
January 7, 2015
Almost everyone I spoke to said they have used JSwipe because they are specifically not just looking for a booty call.My Week on Jewish Tinder
January 5, 2015
Last summer, I spoke with first black supermodel Beverly Johnson about this for The Root.One Vogue Cover Doesn’t Solve Fashion’s Big Race Problem
January 2, 2015
But many I spoke to felt that even when the police were making arrests, they were frequently focused on the wrong issues.Ground Zero of the NYPD Slowdown
January 1, 2015
Historical Examples of spoke
As she spoke, Geta lifted the curtain, and Philothea instantly obeyed the signal.
A second and a third time the Ethiopian touched him with his wand, and spoke in whispers.
I spoke to Philothea just as I used to do; without remembering that she had died.
From the first moment you spoke, I have felt this mysterious power.
He arose, as he spoke, and reverently placed the chaplet on the head of Plato.
Word Origin for spoke
verb speaks, speaking, spoke or spoken
Word Origin for speak
(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)).
Old English specan, variant of sprecan "to speak" (class V strong verb; past tense spræc, past participle sprecen), from Proto-Germanic *sprekanan (cf. Old Saxon sprecan, Old Frisian spreka, Middle Dutch spreken, Old High German sprehhan, German sprechen "to speak," Old Norse spraki "rumor, report"), cognate with Latin spargere "to strew" (speech as a "scattering" of words; see sparse).
The -r- began to drop out in Late West Saxon and was gone by mid-12c., perhaps from influence of Danish spage "crackle," in a slang sense of "speak" (cf. crack in slang senses having to do with speech, e.g. wisecrack, cracker, all it's cracked up to be). Rare variant forms without -r- also are found in Middle Dutch (speken) and Old High German (spehhan).
Not the primary word for "to speak" in Old English (the "Beowulf" author prefers maþelian, from mæþel "assembly, council," from root of metan "to meet;" cf. Greek agoreuo "to speak," originally "speak in the assembly," from agora "assembly").
In addition to the idioms beginning with speak
- speak down to
- speak for
- speak of the devil
- speak one's mind
- speak one's piece
- speak out
- speak out of turn
- speak the same language
- speak too soon
- speak up
- speak volumes
- actions speak louder than words
- in a manner of speaking
- nothing to speak of
- not to mention (speak of)
- on speaking terms
- so to speak
- to speak of