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Spae \Spae\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Spaed; p. pr. & vb. n. Spaeing.] [Scot. spae, spay, to foretell, to divine, Icel. sp[=a].] To foretell; to divine. [Scot.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

c.1300, "foretell, devine, predict from signs," Scottish, from Old Norse spa, cognate with Danish spaa "prophesy;" related to Old Saxon spahi, Old High German spahi "wise, skillful," Old High German spehon "to spy" (see spy (v.)). Related: Spae-book "book containing directions for telling fortunes;" spaeman; spaewife.


vb. (context Scotland English) To divine, to foretell

Usage examples of "spae".

But then, to her astonishment, he backed off, not letting go of her completely, but putting a small spae between them as he smiled crookedly at her.

Such is the wandering Gitana, such is the witch-wife of Multan, who has come to spae the fortune of the Sevillian countess and her daughters.