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- spoken for,
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
Examples from the Web for spoke
Scalise spoke briefly, adding little of substance, saying that the people back home know him best.
His peers remember him as a bright man who spoke softly and occasionally came across as a bit shy.
But many I spoke to felt that even when the police were making arrests, they were frequently focused on the wrong issues.
Like many I spoke to, Williams seemed to desire a reorientation of policing, rather than just a reduction.
The detectives located and spoke to one person whom Brinsley had asked to help him upload something.
I thought him ten years less, and he spoke with the dogmatism of youth.The Grey Room|Eden Phillpotts
As he spoke the light disappeared, and a fresh one appeared from astern.The Black Bar|George Manville Fenn
There was silence then for a few moments before he spoke again.By Birth a Lady|George Manville Fenn
Mr. Hull spoke briefly of his reason for calling the meeting.Chicago's Awful Theater Horror|Various
Mrs. Chattaway buried her elbow on the sofa-cushion, and pressed her hand to her face, half covering it, before she spoke.Trevlyn Hold|Mrs. Henry Wood
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