\ ˈspōk How to pronounce spoke (audio) \

Definition of spoke

 (Entry 1 of 3)

past tense and archaic past participle of speak



Definition of spoke (Entry 2 of 3)

1a : any of the small radiating bars inserted in the hub of a wheel to support the rim
b : something resembling the spoke of a wheel
2 : any of the projecting handles of a boat's steering wheel


spoked; spoking

Definition of spoke (Entry 3 of 3)

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: Noun Originalism is the stick in the spoke of progressivism. David Harsanyi, National Review, "The Left Doesn’t Fear Amy Coney Barrett, It Fears the Constitution," 27 Oct. 2020 On Zoom, one person after another spoke of fears and frustrations. Jennifer Medina, BostonGlobe.com, "Meet the ‘rage moms’ Democrats are counting on," 17 Aug. 2020 President Trump has thrust a stick into the spokes by suggesting that vote by mail disadvantages Republicans. Mona Charen, National Review, "Vote by Mail, Just This Once," 16 Apr. 2020 This guarantees some space between the derailleur and spokes, even in the lowest gear. Tyghe Trimble, Popular Mechanics, "Keep Your Bike Ride Ready With a DIY Tune-Up," 24 Apr. 2020 The real advantage of PSCBs shows up on the spokes, not in the test results. Eric Tingwall, Car and Driver, "Brake-Dust Busters: Porsche's New Brake Rotors Promise to Keep Wheels Clean," 15 Apr. 2020 Planters: After teasing plans to kill off mascot Mr. Peanut, Planters offered an odd fake-out by introducing a baby version while other corporate spokes-characters mourned. Brian Lowry, CNN, "Super Bowl commercials: Who scored and who fumbled on the ad industry's biggest stage," 2 Feb. 2020 Directions were printed alongside key mileage points like spokes on a wheel, describing road surfaces (paved or dirt), intersections, and rail crossings. Larry Printz, Ars Technica, "Turn-by-turntables: How drivers got from point A to point B in the early 1900s," 6 Jan. 2020 Monument Circle and its spokes will close from 8 a.m. Friday to midnight Saturday. Domenica Bongiovanni, Indianapolis Star, "What you need to know about Circle of Lights 2019, including new entrance, street closures," 28 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb No other language is like it Nothing comes even close to it in sound, eloquence and just plain common sense — and this from someone who spoke nary a word of it before reaching age 25, save for Coke, OK and drugstore. Richard Lederer, San Diego Union-Tribune, "How difficult is it to learn the English language?," 20 Feb. 2021 The scene-starting intercom announcements by secretary Ruby (Malkia Stampley) have sharp edges, and the jargon spouted by principal Wei (Megan Kim) is over the top, though many of us have had a boss or two who spoke like that. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Next Act's sardonic 'Principal Principle' puts teachers on the spot," 19 Feb. 2021 According to analysts who spoke with CBS News, much of the blame for the blackouts in Texas was on natural gas facilities, which provide two-thirds of the state's winter power and heat about 40% of its homes. Christopher Brito, CBS News, "Texas was "seconds and minutes" away from having blackouts for months, power grid official says," 19 Feb. 2021 Allegations of racial discrimination were also publicized by employees, who spoke out against Bon Appétit’s culture and treatment of minorities. NBC News, "News organizations struggle to meet diversity pledges despite key hires," 19 Feb. 2021 The television station did not identify the troopers because those who spoke out are violating department policy. baltimoresun.com, "Black troopers accuse Maryland State Police of racism and discrimination, state senator says," 18 Feb. 2021 The sheriff's office said in a news release that officers spoke with Jackson on Friday, assessed his well-being and canceled the missing persons report. Tom Schad, USA TODAY, "Vincent Jackson's family says alcoholism, concussions led to ex-NFL player's death," 17 Feb. 2021 Taylor described a patient who spoke only Spanish and had been doing well in recovery from opioid addiction for several months. Usha Lee Mcfarling, STAT, "As the pandemic ushered in isolation and financial hardship, overdose deaths reached new heights," 16 Feb. 2021 Canadian officials have said Trudeau spoke with U.S. President Joe Biden about the possibility of getting getting Pfizer vaccines from a plant in nearby Michigan, whose first 100 million doses are already contracted for by the U.S. government. Rob Gillies, Anchorage Daily News, "Air travelers to Canada to isolate at hotels starting Feb 22," 13 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of spoke


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


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for spoke


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

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“Spoke.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spoke. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of spoke

: one of the bars that connect the center of a wheel to the rim


Kids Definition of spoke

 (Entry 1 of 2)

past tense of speak


\ ˈspōk How to pronounce spoke (audio) \

Kids Definition of spoke (Entry 2 of 2)

: one of the bars or rods extending from the hub of a wheel to the rim

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