forspeak

transitive verb for·speak \fə(r)ˈspēk\

Definition of forspeak

  1. 1 now dialectal British :  to cast a bad spell over :  bewitch especially by immoderate praise don't boast about the child, lest you forspeak him

  2. 2 obsolete :  to speak against :  asperse

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Origin and Etymology of forspeak

Middle English forspeken to cast a bad spell over, speak evil of, from Old English forspecan, forsprecan to speak in vain, deny, denounce, from for- + specan, sprecan to speak — more at speak


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