- 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.
- to fit or furnish with or as with spokes.
Origin of spoke2
- 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
(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)).