dialectal British past tense of speak
1a : to utter words or articulate sounds with the ordinary voice : talkb (1) : to express thoughts, opinions, or feelings orally (2) : to extend a greeting (3) : to be friendly enough to engage in conversation still were not speaking after the disputec (1) : to express oneself before a group (2) : to address one's remarks speak to the issue
2a : to make a written statement his diaries … spoke … of his entrancement with death — Sy Kahnb : to use such an expression —often used in the phrase so to speak was at the enemy's gates, so to speak — C. S. Foresterc : to serve as spokesperson
3a : to express feelings by other than verbal means actions speak louder than wordsb : signalc : to be interesting or attractive : appeal great music … speaks directly to the emotions — A. N. Whitehead
4 : to make a request or claim —used with for —usually used in passive constructions the seat was already spoken for
5 : to make a characteristic or natural sound all at once the thunder spoke — George Meredith
6a : testifyb : to be indicative or suggestive his gold … spoke of riches in the land — Julian Dana
2 : to make known in writing : state
Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:
- More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
- Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
- Advanced search features
- Ad free!
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up spack? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).