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

Historical Examples of volapuk

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for volapuk




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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