spake

EnglishEdit

PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English spake, spak, from Old Norse spakr (wise, gentle, quiet), from Proto-Germanic *spakaz (wise, clever), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)peǵ- (to understand; intelligent, attentive). Cognate with Swedish spak (manageable), Danish spag (quiet, gentle, timid, tame).

AdjectiveEdit

spake (comparative more spake, superlative most spake)

  1. (obsolete) Quiet; tame.
  2. (obsolete) Ready; prompt.
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Etymology 2Edit

From Middle English spak, from Old English spæc, first and third person singular past tense of specan (to speak). More at speak.

VerbEdit

spake (form)

  1. (archaic) simple past tense of speak

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Last modified on 19 August 2013, at 19:46