spake

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Etymology 1[edit]

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).

Adjective[edit]

spake (comparative more spake, superlative most spake)

  1. (obsolete) Quiet; tame.
  2. (obsolete) Ready; prompt.
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Etymology 2[edit]

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

Verb[edit]

spake (form)

  1. (archaic) simple past tense of speak

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