[ voh-luh-pyk ]
/ ˌvoʊ ləˈpük /


one of the earliest of the artificially constructed international auxiliary languages, invented about 1879.
Also Vol·a·puk [vol-uh-poo k, voh-luh-] /ˈvɒl əˌpʊk, ˈvoʊ lə-/.

Origin of Volapük

1880–85; vol, representing world + -a- connecting vowel + pük, representing speak

Related forms

Vo·la·puk·ist, noun
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Examples from the Web for volapuk

  • Volapuk is a paradox, unless one has French or English or German or some other language that has grown up in a nation.

    Story of My Life|Helen Keller
  • I am in deep sympathy with the people who invented Volapuk, and are trying to invent Esperanto.

    The Ship Dwellers|Albert Bigelow Paine

British Dictionary definitions for volapuk



/ (ˈvɒləˌpʊk) /


an artificial language based on English, French, German, Latin, etc, invented by Johann Schleyer (1831–1912) in 1880

Word Origin for Volapuk

C19: from vol, based on world + euphonic -a- + pük speech, based on speak
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