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  1. Informal.
    1. a bicycle.
    2. a motorbike.
    3. a motorcycle.
  2. Harness Racing. a sulky with tires like those of a bicycle.
verb (used without object), biked, bik·ing.
  1. to ride a bike: I bike to work.
  1. get off one's bike, Australian Informal. to lose control of oneself or become angry.

Origin of bike1

1880–85, Americanism; alteration of bicycle
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  • There was a bright color on her face, but then she had been "biking," and it was warm.

    Friendship and Folly

    Maria Louise Pool

  • July, 1911, was a hot month and a dusty, and we were biking fifty miles the day.


    Christopher Morley

  • Give me your biking cap, unless you want to use it in the play.

  • As a matter of fact, the thought that you would come to the rescue never occurred to me till I was biking back from town.

    The Hill

    Horace Annesley Vachell

  • It's the ring of Saturn, and, as the saying goes, for biking Saturn is quite the cheese.

British Dictionary definitions for biking


noun, verb
  1. informal short for bicycle, motorcycle
  2. on your bike British slang away you go
  3. get off one's bike Australian and NZ slang to lose one's self-control
  1. slang a promiscuous womanthe town bike



  1. a wasps' or bees' nest
verb (intr)
  1. to swarm

Word Origin

C14: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for biking



1882, American English, shortened and altered form of bicycle.

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