See also: spöke

EnglishEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • enPR: spōk, IPA(key): /spəʊk/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -əʊk
  • Hyphenation: spoke

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English spoke, spok, spook, from Old English spāca, from Proto-Germanic *spaikǭ.

NounEdit

spoke (plural spokes)

  1. A support structure that connects the axle or the hub of a wheel to the rim.
  2. (nautical) A projecting handle of a steering wheel.
  3. A rung of a ladder.
  4. A device for fastening the wheel of a vehicle to prevent it from turning when going downhill.
  5. One of the outlying points in a hub-and-spoke model of transportation.
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VerbEdit

spoke (third-person singular simple present spokes, present participle spoking, simple past and past participle spoked)

  1. (transitive) To furnish (a wheel) with spokes.

Further readingEdit

Etymology 2Edit

VerbEdit

spoke

  1. simple past tense of speak
  2. (now colloquial, nonstandard) past participle of speak
    • c. 1606–1607, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Anthonie and Cleopatra”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: [] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act V, scene ii], page 366, column 2:
      Cleo. Hye thee againe, / I haue ſpoke already, and it is provided.
    • 1741, The London Magazine, and Monthly Chronologer[1], volume 10, C. Ackers, page 435:
      Thoſe who have ſpoke in its Favour have allowed, that it is defective, with regard to the preſent Circumſtances of Europe, []
    • 2014 May 1, John Barker, Futures: A Novel[2], PM Press, page 131:
      I should have spoke to him there and then, seen he was in the mood to do something stupid.

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AfrikaansEdit

NounEdit

spoke

  1. plural of spook

DutchEdit

VerbEdit

spoke

  1. (archaic) singular present subjunctive of spoken

Middle EnglishEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old English spāca, from Proto-Germanic *spaikǭ.

PronunciationEdit

  • (Northern ME, Early ME) IPA(key): /ˈspɑːk(ə)/
  • IPA(key): /ˈspɔːk(ə)/

NounEdit

spoke (plural spokes or spoken)

  1. A spoke (support radiating from the middle of a wheel)
  2. A sharp spike or projection on the edge of a wheel.

DescendantsEdit

  • English: spoke
  • Scots: spaik

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