[ voh-luh-pyk ]

  1. one of the earliest of the artificially constructed international auxiliary languages, invented about 1879.

Origin of Volapük

1880–85; vol, representing world + -a- connecting vowel + pük, representing speak
  • Also Vol·a·puk [vol-uh-pook, voh-luh-]. /ˈvɒl əˌpʊk, ˈvoʊ lə-/.

Other words from Volapük

  • Vo·la·puk·ist, noun

Words Nearby Volapük

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How to use Volapük in a sentence

  • I am in deep sympathy with the people who invented Volapuk, and are trying to invent Esperanto.

    The Ship Dwellers | Albert Bigelow Paine
  • 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
  • Hence, Our first starting point will be a deep and almost awestruck regard for the destinies of the Volapuk-speaking race.

  • Enough has been said to show what scope there is for revision of this sentimental Volapuk.

  • It is past the time for the three hours' exercise in agglutive Volapuk.

    The Awakening of Spring | Frank Wedekind

British Dictionary definitions for Volapuk



/ (ˈvɒləˌpʊk) /

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

Origin of Volapuk

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

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