spake

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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

  1. (archaic) simple past tense of speak
    • 1611, Bible (KJV):, Genesis 8:15-16
      And God spake unto Noah, saying,
      Go forth of the ark, thou, and thy wife, and thy sons, and thy sons' wives with thee.

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