Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To foretell; divine; predict from signs or indications.
- v. Scotland To divine, to foretell
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. Scot. To foretell; to divine.
“She continued to twirl her distaff, seemingly unconscious of his presence, and also, after her own fashion, to "spae" the fortune of young Harry Bertram, just as Mannering had so lately been doing himself.”
“_Klôthes_, the spinning women who "spae" the fate of each new-born child, are not later, but, as less abstract, are if anything earlier than "the simple _Aisa_ of the”
“Sounds like this dude has a wee bit too much spae time on his hands LOL”
“Annaple Bailzou wandered through the country as a beggar and fortune-teller, or spae-wife — some remembered that she had been seen with an infant in 1737 or 1738, — but for more than ten years she had not travelled that district; and that she had been heard to say she was going to a distant part of Scotland, of which country she was a native.”
“If I have to spend eight hours a day not including travel time at a “job” and write in my “spae” time, I am necessarily not going to as much or, possibly, as well as I would if I were at home writing during that same eight hours.”
“Ladies and gentlemen, as we celebrate our freedom today, we must also spae a moment to remember all our fallen heroes; our martyrs of the struggle for liberation and the sacrifices that were made by so many in order for all South Africans to enjoy the freedom and democracy that we now have.”
“A few spae-wives still practise this method by throwing out the tea-leaves into the saucer, but the reading of the symbols as they are originally formed in the cup is undoubtedly the better method.”
“These significations have been collected by the writer -- in a desultory manner -- over a long period of years chiefly from spae-wives in both Highland and Lowland Scotland, but also in Cornwall, on Dartmoor, in Middle England, in Gloucestershire and Northumberland.”
“With a start I wakened up to find the landlord making a buffoon's attempt at a dance in the middle of the floor to the tune of the Jew-trump, a transparent trick to restore the good-humour of his roysterers, and the black man who had fetched the spae-wife was standing at my side surveying me closely out of the corners of his eyes.”
“The Irishman with the silver eye here jostled a merchantman, who drew his gully-knife, so that soon there was a fierce quarrel that it took all the landlord's threats and vigour of arm to put an end ta By this time I was becoming tired of my company; now that the spae-wife had planted the seed of distress in my mind, those people were tawdry, unclean, wretched.”
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