(comparative more spake, superlative most spake)
From Middle English spake, spak, from Old Norse spakr (“wise, gentle, quiet"), from Proto-Germanic *spakaz (“wise, clever"), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)peÇµ- (“to understand; intelligent, attentive"). Cognate with Swedish spak (“manageable"), Danish spag (“quiet, gentle, timid, tame").
- (archaic) Simple past tense of speak.
From Middle English spak, from Old English spÃ¦c, first and third person singular past tense of specan (“to speak"). More at speak.