There are 2 main definitions of spoke in English:


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Pronunciation: /spəʊk


1Each of the bars or wire rods connecting the centre of a wheel to its outer edge.
More example sentences
  • A large, open circle at the front connects with an outside wheel by means of spokes, some straight and some angled, which have been painted yellow, orange, green or black.
  • China may only have blunt weapons with which to handle overheating - the economic equivalent of pushing a walking stick into the spokes of a bicycle's front wheel.
  • It was in this act of destruction, where the spokes of the bicycle splintered off, that I came to know the material.
1.1Each of a set of radial handles projecting from a ship’s wheel.
1.2Each of the metal rods in an umbrella to which the material is attached.
More example sentences
  • The umbrella, with its protective cloth stripped off and the spokes spread uselessly in the air, is thus a poignant and recurrent emblem of the dangers that lie in the rift between words and objects.


Old English spāca, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch speek, German Speiche, from the base of spike1.


put a spoke in someone's wheel

British Prevent someone from carrying out a plan.
More example sentences
  • His position as deputy manager of a State tobacco company might have put a spoke in the judge's wheel, thwarting his plan to proceed in accordance with the law.
  • And here's a comment from a LibDem voter: ‘I always thought he was a good MP but you have put a spoke in his wheel.’
  • He said: ‘There has been a bit of needle between the tracks in the past and I would love to put a spoke in their wheel.’



[in combination]: a wire-spoked wheel

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