1 of 3

past tense and archaic past participle of speak


2 of 3


: any of the small radiating bars inserted in the hub of a wheel to support the rim
: something resembling the spoke of a wheel
: any of the projecting handles of a boat's steering wheel


3 of 3


spoked; spoking

transitive verb

: to furnish with spokes

Examples of spoke in a Sentence

Noun The stick got caught in the wheel's spokes.
Recent Examples on the Web
Eleven protesters were injured, and a policewoman was killed: all the spokes of Matar’s lingering, melancholy new novel connect to this transforming event. The New Yorker, 24 Jan. 2024 For its part, the United States has a set of bilateral alliances and partnerships in the region based on hub-and-spoke relationships, with Washington as the hub and Australia, Japan, the Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan, and Thailand forming the spokes. Andrew F. Krepinevich, Foreign Affairs, 12 Dec. 2023 Its last equinox was in 2009, around which time Cassini detected the spokes. Will Sullivan, Smithsonian Magazine, 2 Jan. 2024 Big wheels with rose gold spokes complete the look, and overall, the new styling is more upscale than the previous generation model. Drew Dorian, Car and Driver, 1 Sep. 2023 The rim and spokes of the wheels fold down along their common axle, then tuck into the seatback unit, allowing for compact storage. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, 7 Sep. 2022 Per the outlet, the wild animal did not stay in the rest area long, and eventually scurried away, snapping one of the table umbrella spokes on its way out. Nicholas Rice, Peoplemag, 10 Dec. 2023 The organization announced Thursday an inaugural cohort of Investor Catalyst spokes that will report to, and communicate with, the Boston-area hub. Theresa Gaffney, STAT, 27 Oct. 2023 Circles, a symbol of the female, were used in pattern pieces, and at the end, the whole cast lay next to each other, like spokes on a wheel, atop a round tablecloth. José Criales-Unzueta, Vogue, 19 Sep. 2023
Later, Oscar winner Curtis spoked to a crowded ballroom, opening up about her environmentalist graphic novel Mother Nature. Devan Coggan, EW.com, 24 July 2023 The aides and officials who spokes to Axios note that the anger usually flares up when people don’t have information Biden would like in order to make a better decision. David Matthews New York Daily News (tns), al, 12 July 2023 Plus, the 16-inch spoked pneumatic tires on this hose reel easily travel over grass or an uneven landscape. Megan Boettcher, Better Homes & Gardens, 18 Apr. 2023 The office also said the attorney general spoke to the Van Treese family before ordering the review. Brynn Gingras, CNN, 10 Feb. 2023 The same companion frequently tagged along for these kinds of meetings, according to the sheriff, who said Ray spoke to the prospective buyer by phone. Uwa Ede-Osifo, NBC News, 9 Feb. 2023 As more officers responded to the scene, a Chula Vista police crisis negotiation team member spoke with Sammarco, who continued yelling at officers, threatening the hostage and refusing to cooperate, Campbell said. Caleb Lunetta, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Feb. 2023 Castro said Biden spoke to how the country has bounced back from the pandemic with the lowest unemployment rate in 50 years and outlined the path ahead on issues such as overhauling the country’s immigration system. Joseph Morton, Dallas News, 8 Feb. 2023 Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and Mr. Assad also spoke by phone, official media in both countries said. Aaron Boxerman, WSJ, 7 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History



Middle English, from Old English spāca; akin to Old High German speihha spoke, Middle Dutch spike spike

First Known Use


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of spoke was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Spoke.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spoke. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2

past and archaic past participle of speak


2 of 2 noun
: one of the small bars extending from the hub of a wheel to support the rim
: something resembling the spoke of a wheel

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