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From Middle English speken (to speak), from Old English specan (to speak), alteration of earlier sprecan (to speak), from Proto-Germanic *sprekaną (to speak, make a sound), from Proto-Indo-European *spreg- (to make a sound, utter, speak). Cognate with West Frisian sprekke, Low German spreken (to speak), Dutch spreken (to speak), German sprechen (to speak), and also with Albanian shpreh (to utter, voice, express) through Indo-European.