• WordNet 3.6
    • adj spoken uttered through the medium of speech or characterized by speech; sometimes used in combination "a spoken message","the spoken language","a soft-spoken person","sharp-spoken"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: When Coca-Cola began to be sold in China, they used characters that would sound like "Coca-Cola" when spoken. Unfortunately, what they turned out to mean was "Bite the wax tadpole". It did not sell well
    • Spoken Characterized by a certain manner or style in speaking; -- often in composition; as, a pleasant-spoken man. "Methinks you 're better spoken ."
    • Spoken Uttered in speech; delivered by word of mouth; oral; as, a spoken narrative; the spoken word.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: All words ever spoken by human beings on 5 Exabytes.
    • spoken Uttered; oral: opposed to written.
    • spoken Speaking: in composition: as, a civil-spoken man.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The 1st time the "f-word" was spoken in a movie was by Marianne Faithfull in the 1968 film, "I'll Never Forget Whatshisname." In Brian De Palma's 1984 movie, "Scarface," the word is spoken 206 times an average of once every 29 seconds.
    • pa.p Spoken spōk′n of speak, used as adj. in 'civil-spoken,' &c.
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  • Epictetus
    “If evil be spoken of you and it be true, correct yourself, if it be a lie, laugh at it.”
  • Marcel Proust
    “Time passes, and little by little everything that we have spoken in falsehood becomes true.”
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
    “Life is real! Life is earnest! And death is not its goal. Dust thou art, to dust returneth, was not spoken of the soul.”
  • Simonides
    “Painting is silent poetry and poetry spoken, painting.”
  • Joyce Maynard
    Joyce Maynard
    “The word no Carries a lot more meaning when spoken by a parent who also knows how to say yes.”
  • Gilbert K. Chesterton
    “But we are the people of England; and we have not spoken yet. Smile at us, pay us, pass us. But do not quite forget.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
p. p. of Speak


In literature:

If she had spoken a word, it must have been with a great burst of weeping.
"Janet's Love and Service" by Margaret M Robertson
The spell has been spoken; the spell of Hai, son of Set, first man to slay man by the Dark Art!
"The Thing from the Lake" by Eleanor M. Ingram
It was the first word she had spoken since the gate had been locked behind her, and this word was spoken in a whisper.
"Miss Mackenzie" by Anthony Trollope
As for utterance there was no one to whom she could have spoken it.
"Cousin Henry" by Anthony Trollope
Sophia's eyes were red; and there was every promise in her face that the slightest word spoken to her would again open the sluices of her tears.
"Deerbrook" by Harriet Martineau
When once the words are spoken there can be no escape.
"Allison Bain" by Margaret Murray Robertson
For a minute no word was spoken.
"Roger Trewinion" by Joseph Hocking
Her step-mother had known the circumstance, but had rarely spoken of it.
"An Old Man's Love" by Anthony Trollope
He had spoken to her, she had spoken to him.
"The Day of Judgment" by Joseph Hocking
They were very precious to his memory after Katherine had spoken them.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine

In poetry:

To the "hills" of which "David" has spoken,
"From whence comes my help," said he,
And we have the same blest assurance,
As we gaze on their majesty.
"At Sunset" by Olivia Ward Bush-Banks
Yes leave me !—I can bear it now,
For e'en while those wild words are spoken,
See I am calm, as though thy vow
Of faithfulness, had ne'er been broken.
"Yes Leave Me" by Eliza Acton
Forgive thee!—yes—when ev'ry cord
Which binds my soul to earth, is broken;
When scarce I hear the whisper'd word,
By gentlest tongues around me, spoken.
"Forgive Thee! - Yes" by Eliza Acton
A slow song beaten and broken,
As it were from the dust and the dead,
As of spirits athirst unsloken,
As of things unspeakable spoken,
As of tears unendurable shed.
"Tenebrae" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
In the year that's come and gone, love, his flying feather
Stooping slowly, gave us heart, and bade us walk together.
In the year that's coming on, though many a troth be broken,
We at least will not forget aught that love hath spoken.
"In The Year That's Come and Gone" by William Ernest Henley
Ah, for their sakes, so trapped and taken,
For theirs, forgotten and forsaken,
Watch, sleep not, gird thyself with prayer.
Nay, where the heart of wrath is broken,
Where long love ends as a thing spoken,
How shall thy crying enter there?
"Ilicet" by Algernon Charles Swinburne

In news:

What is it about Jane Eyre that has spoken so forcefully to readers the world over for the past 160 years.
The most hated Housewife on television, Teresa Giudice, has spoken out about the darkest moments of her breakdown, and RadarOnline.com has all the details.
Briefs on the spoken word.
The votes were cast, the ballots tallied and, after a long night, the people have spoken.
Tellabration is a spoken-word concert for adults.
The people have spoken — the ones who run Glamour, anyway — and the verdict is in: Selena Gomez is our woman of the year.
For this week's upcoming Side Dish column, I've spoken to both Gust and TAPAteria owner Dave Brackett about the move, and Gust 's plans for the spot.
Spoken word, handwritten letters make lasting impressions.
Lady Byron has not spoken at all.
Hence, we have automakers fashioning cars so that drivers can have their text messages spoken to them.
John Brunetti, the owner of Hialeah Park, said he has spoken "briefly" to Halsey Minor about the technology entrepreneur's dream to buy and reopen the South Florida track.
Singer and spoken-word artist Jello Biafra.
Arts and Culture Today In Tucson Spoken Word: 'South Tucson / Sonoran Strange' by Logan Philips.
The latest Windows attack technique demonstrates the power of the spoken word.
Robots invent their own spoken language .

In science:

So far, I have spoken of the dark energy as a cosmological constant.
Dark Matter and Dark Energy: A Physicist's Perspective
This paper describes a test collection (benchmark data) for retrieval systems driven by spoken queries.
Building a Test Collection for Speech-Driven Web Retrieval
Given transcriptions (i.e., speech recognition results for spoken queries), the retrieval module searches a target IR collection for relevant documents and sorts them in descending order according to the score.
Building a Test Collection for Speech-Driven Web Retrieval
Although the spoken queries produced can be used for the first and third task types, we focused solely on Topic Retriev al for the sake of simplicity.
Building a Test Collection for Speech-Driven Web Retrieval
OOV), which is the ratio of the number of words not included in the speech recognition dictionary to the total number of words in the spoken queries.
Building a Test Collection for Speech-Driven Web Retrieval