American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. Archaic A past tense of speak.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
GNU Webster's 1913
- imp. of speak.
- From Middle English spak, from Old English spæc, first and third person singular past tense of specan ("to speak"). More at speak. (Wiktionary)
“His voice did he keep under/and ne'er a word spake he.”
“After the first three minutes he forgot his burden and never a word spake he.”
“Not a word spake he for a full minute, but he drew his breath hard, flinging out at length a bitter sarcasm on the faithlessness of women, and bidding Raphael trust not too much to their promises, he abruptly left us.”
“But presently, when he came back to bed, he lay very still and cold, and when we rose in the morning never a word spake either of us of what had passed that night.”
“And never a word spake Fafnir, but his eyes waxed red and grim”
“Then never a word spake Siggeir, save: "Where be Volsung's sons?”
“But never a word spake his son, but stood looking straight forward, cold and calm by seeming.”
“So she rose from under him in silence and answered not his address nor spake a word of reply to him, being dazed for what had befallen her and seeing nothing better than to be silent, for fear of shame; and she bethought herself and said, “If I kill myself it will be useless and if I do him die, his death will profit me naught;” and presently added,”
“When she came in she sat still like ane dazed and spent, and never a word spake she.”
“Sling Stranaslang, how Malo-razzias spikes her, coining a speak a spake!”
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