hand·​spike ˈhan(d)-ˌspīk How to pronounce handspike (audio)
: a bar used as a lever

Word History


by folk etymology from Dutch handspaak, from hand hand + spaak pole; akin to Old English spāca spoke

First Known Use

1559, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of handspike was in 1559

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“Handspike.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/handspike. Accessed 25 Mar. 2023.

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