Speak vs Spook - What's the difference?
As verbs the difference between speak and spook
is that speak
is to communicate with one's voice, to say words out loud while spook
is to scare or frighten.
As nouns the difference between speak and spook
is that speak
is language, jargon, or terminology used uniquely in a particular environment or group or speak
can be (dated) a low class bar, a speakeasy while spook
is a spirit returning to haunt a place.
Other Comparisons: What's the difference?
To communicate with one's voice, to say words out loud.
* , chapter=13
The Mirror and the Lamp
, passage=And Vickers launched forth into a tirade very different from his platform utterances. He spoke
with extreme contempt of the dense stupidity exhibited on all occasions by the working classes. He said that if you wanted to do anything for them, you must rule them, not pamper them.}}
To have a conversation.
(by extension) To communicate or converse by some means other than orally, such as writing or facial expressions.
To deliver a message to a group; to deliver a speech.
To be able to communicate in a language.
* 1611 , (Authorized King James Version) (Bible translation), 9:5:
- And they will deceive every one his neighbour, and will not speak the truth: they have taught their tongue to speak lies, and weary themselves to commit iniquity.
To communicate (some fact or feeling); to bespeak, to indicate.
* 1851 , (Herman Melville), (Moby-Dick) :
(informal, transitive, sometimes, humorous) To understand (as though it were a language).
- There he sat, his very indifference speaking a nature in which there lurked no civilized hypocrisies and bland deceits.
To produce a sound; to sound.
(archaic) To address; to accost; to speak to.
* Bible, Ecclus. xiii. 6
- Make all our trumpets speak .
- [He will] thee in hope; he will speak thee fair.
- Each village senior paused to scan / And speak the lovely caravan.
* articulate, talk, verbalize
* public speaking
* speak down
* speak for
* speak out
* speak to
* speak up
* actions speak louder than words
* on speaking terms
* so to speak
* speak for oneself
* speak highly of
* speak ill of
* speak in tongues
* speak of the devil
* speak one's mind
* speak softly and carry a big stick
* speak someone's language
* speak volumes
* speak with one voice
* spoken for
language, jargon, or terminology used uniquely in a particular environment or group.
- Corporate speak; IT speak
* weather speak
(dated) a low class bar, a speakeasy.
A spirit returning to haunt a place.
A ghost or an apparition.
- The visit to the old cemetery brought scary visions of spooks and ghosts.
(espionage) A spy.
* 2009 , "Spies like them", BBC News Magazine (online), 24 July 2009:
- The building was haunted by a couple of spooks .
* 2012 , The Economist, Oct 13th 2012,
- From Ian Fleming to John Le Carre - authors have long been fascinated by the world of espionage. But, asks the BBC’s Gordon Corera, what do real life spooks make of fictional spies?
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A scare or fright.
- The congressional study frets that Huawei’s and ZTE’s products could be used as Trojan horses by Chinese spooks .
(dated, pejorative) A black person.
- The big spider gave me a spook .
* See also
To scare or frighten.
To startle or frighten an animal
- The movement in the bushes spooked the deer and they ran.
* spook out