[ spohk ]
/ spoʊk /


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.

Nearby words

  1. spoils system,
  2. spoilsman,
  3. spoilsport,
  4. spoilt,
  5. spokane,
  6. spoke-dog,
  7. spoken,
  8. spoken for,
  9. spokeshave,
  10. spokesman

Origin of spoke

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

Related formsspoke·less, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for spokeless


/ (spəʊk) /


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


/ (spəʊk) /


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


(tr) to equip with or as if with spokes

Word Origin for spoke

Old English spāca

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Word Origin and History for spokeless



(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)).

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