spoke

1
[ spohk ]
/ spoʊk /

verb

a simple past tense of speak.
Nonstandard. a past participle of speak.
Archaic. a past participle of speak.

Definition for spoke (2 of 3)

spoke

2
[ spohk ]
/ spoʊk /

noun

one of the bars, rods, or rungs radiating from the hub or nave of a wheel and supporting the rim or felloe.
something that resembles the spoke of a wheel.
a handlelike projection from the rim of a wheel, as a ship's steering wheel.
a rung of a ladder.

verb (used with object), spoked, spok·ing.

to fit or furnish with or as with spokes.

Origin of spoke

2
before 900; Middle English; Old English spāca; cognate with Dutch speek, German Speiche

Related forms

spoke·less, adjective

Definition for spoke (3 of 3)

speak

[ speek ]
/ spik /

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.

Verb Phrases

speak for,
  1. to intercede for or recommend; speak in behalf of.
  2. to express or articulate the views of; represent.
  3. to choose or prefer; have reserved for oneself: This item is already spoken for.
speak out, to express one's opinion openly and unreservedly: He was not afraid to speak out when it was something he believed in strongly.

Origin of speak

before 900; Middle English speken, Old English specan, variant of sprecan; cognate with German sprechen (Old High German sprehhan; compare variant spehhan)

SYNONYMS FOR speak

1 Speak, converse, talk mean to make vocal sounds, usually for purposes of communication. To speak often implies conveying information and may apply to anything from an informal remark to a scholarly presentation to a formal address: to speak sharply; to speak before Congress. To converse is to exchange ideas with someone by speaking: to converse with a friend. To talk is a close synonym for to speak but usually refers to less formal situations: to talk about the weather; to talk with a friend.
12 pronounce, articulate.
13 say.
15 disclose.

Related forms

speak·a·ble, adjectivespeak·a·ble·ness, nounspeak·a·bly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for spoke (1 of 3)

spoke

1
/ (spəʊk) /

verb

the past tense of speak
archaic, or dialect a past participle of speak

British Dictionary definitions for spoke (2 of 3)

spoke

2
/ (spəʊk) /

noun

a radial member of a wheel, joining the hub to the rim
a radial projection from the rim of a wheel, as in a ship's wheel
a rung of a ladder
put a spoke in someone's wheel British to thwart someone's plans

verb

(tr) to equip with or as if with spokes

Word Origin for spoke

Old English spāca

British Dictionary definitions for spoke (3 of 3)

speak

/ (spiːk) /

verb speaks, speaking, spoke or spoken


Derived Forms

speakable, adjective

Word Origin for speak

Old English specan; related to Old High German spehhan, Middle High German spechten to gossip, Middle Dutch speken; see speech
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Idioms and Phrases with spoke

speak

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

also see:

  • 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

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