\ 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 The Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce was the hub for northeastern Illinois, and the coalition was a spoke. Steve Sadin, chicagotribune.com, 4 Feb. 2022 The goal of the workout is to make the spokes flow from one into the next which can be a challenge as there is a temptation to lag at the top before moving onto the next spoke. Mike Verdisco, Outside Online, 20 Sep. 2021 Then attach all four together at the center to create a spoke with each length of wood approximately 45 degrees from each other. oregonlive, 6 Oct. 2021 Each is an essential spoke of the metaphorical wheel of Bass’ transformational leadership. Philippe Clarinval, Forbes, 18 May 2021 Capital is the spoke around which the wheel of progress turns. Michael Mcmullen, Forbes, 9 Apr. 2021 Originalism is the stick in the spoke of progressivism. David Harsanyi, National Review, 27 Oct. 2020 On Zoom, one person after another spoke of fears and frustrations. Jennifer Medina, BostonGlobe.com, 17 Aug. 2020 President Trump has thrust a stick into the spokes by suggesting that vote by mail disadvantages Republicans. Mona Charen, National Review, 16 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Markle spoke of meeting the Queen during their BBC interview. Morgan Evans, Town & Country, 17 May 2022 Friends spoke of Philo’s integrity, his sharp wit, his love for his wife and daughters. San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 May 2022 Newton, 29, also spoke of the upcoming storyline, as well as the current love fans have for the idea of Penelope and Colin. Kelly Wynne, PEOPLE.com, 16 May 2022 Oatess spoke of how her grandfather, a builder, bought the property across SOM Center from the tavern in 1946-47 in order to build a housing development. cleveland, 13 May 2022 Speaking at the Friday hearing, Michael Murphey spoke of the toll his mother's death has had on the family. CBS News, 13 May 2022 Some spoke appreciatively of help from local Russian humanitarian groups. Mary Ilyushina, Washington Post, 11 May 2022 But Wilson spoke highly of Jeudy during his introductory press conference in Denver. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, 11 May 2022 The material spoke of many different aspects of life, which found symbolic expressions in the film, such as the idea of manhood, or forced migration, or uprooting, which is not just a physical process. Leo Barraclough, Variety, 10 May 2022 See More

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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 26 May. 2022.

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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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