from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • v. Archaic A past tense of speak.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Quiet; tame.
  • adj. Ready; prompt.
  • v. Simple past of speak.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • imp. of speak.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Quiet; tame.
  • Ready; prompt.
  • n. A Scotch form of spoke.
  • n. An archaic or poetic preterit of speak.


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



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